Kaura Local government area of Kaduna State has seen an increase in the death of cattle being reared by the inhabiting farmers. This increase in cattle death has led to the engagement of veterinary investigators by the Kaduna State government. The aim of the government is to resolve the issues surrounding cattle death quickly and efficiently to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
The Kaura local government administrator, Mr. Zitung Basahuwa-Agog disclosed this development at a town hall meeting that was held in Kagoro last week Friday. Mr. Basahuwa-Agog informed all participants of the town hall meeting that the meeting was organised by the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
A lot of violence had occurred as farmers and cattle breeders have clashed in other parts of Kaduna state and the town hall meeting was a means to ensure that mutual peace and understanding that existed between both parties in Kaura will not be jeopardized. At least 50 cattle died mysteriously in five separate incidences since February this year within Kagoro chiefdom.
The local council chief noted that the frequent death of the cattle in the area was hard to understand, adding that experts had been engaged to unravel the mystery. “I urge everyone to be patient as we await the outcome of the tests carried out by the experts. This meeting is aimed at bringing the people together with a view to seeking suggestions on the way forward,” he said.
The commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prof. Kabir Mato explained that the frequent cattle death in Kagoro chiefdom could pose a serious security challenge if not properly handled. The commissioner was represented at the town hall meeting by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Malam Aminu Mansir. He appealed to the farmers and herdsmen to try as much as possible to maintain law and order in the region.