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20th of October 2018

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Kebbi Commissioner raises alarm over rampage on farmlands by Elephants

Commissioner for Agriculture in Kebbi State, Barrister Atahiru Machido has narrated how in the last two weeks elephants take- over farm lands in Bagudu and Kokobese Local Government Areas, LGAs, in Kebbi State and destroy crops worth millions of naira.

Machido made this known yesterday in Abuja at the ActionAid National Agroecology and Climate Justice Summit.

Machido in an interview with newsmen said that elephants from nowhere have invaded farmlands in the last two weeks.

‘He said, “What the state government did is to assure the farmers that they shouldn’t worry because whatever crops the elephants spoil, government is going to compensate them. This is in order not to have clash between the farmers and the elephants.”

He said that in the history of Kebbi State this is the first time, the people are experiencing elephant invasion of the land but that in previous times it had been invasion by Hippopotamus.

According to the Commissioner, this kind of scenario has never  happened before and the animals were killed but that the large number of elephants though is frightening but none of the animals have been killed.

He said that necessary sensitisation has been done and the people are not hurting the animals, adding that it is the problem of climate change, where people, farmers, animals are being swizzled either by flood or desertification

This is part of the climate change we are talking about and we have to face it headlong, Machido stressed.

ActionAid Nigeria Country Director, Ene Obi said that the Summit is to raise consciousness and awareness on issues of environment.

Obi said, “Nigeria needs to focus on a-forestation, tree planting and environment, the climate change is real and looking at the issue of insecurity from farmers- herders clashes, and wild animals coming into the farms.”

“That elephants are taking over the farms in Kebbi is another issue. Insecurity is real because many of the farmers are displaced”, Obi explained.

She said, “ ActionAid Nigeria, in line with its country strategy paper, Social Justice to End Poverty between 2018 – 2023 seeing that importance of agro-ecology and its contribution towards improving the quality of lives of women and children, commissioned the Agro-ecology and Response to climate Change survey to understand Nigeria’s programme in response to climate change, access the impact of Nigeria’s policies and practices regarding solutions to climate change.

ActionAid said that the rapid survey was conducted in 14 localities of six states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. The six states include Bauchi, Delta, Ebonyi, Kwara, Ondo, Zamfara and the FCT in five ecological zones.

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