A don, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, has suggested the creation of artificial stream as a panacea to the perennial clashes between herdsmen and farmers in parts of Nigeria.
AbdurRaheem, who is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility at the American University of Nigeria, Yola in Adamawa, made the suggestion in an interview with The Renaissance at the weekend in Lagos.
He said the artificial stream could be created by piping water from the south to the northern parts of the country to enable herdsmen to tend to their cattle.
So, piping of water from south to the northern part of Nigeria, he said, would be an effective solution.
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“The only thing they (herdsmen) require is to take water to these land.
“`If we can pipe petrol to the North, why can’t we pipe water to the north to create an artificial stream.
“When you have the artificial stream, we are going to turn these desert to grazing land and set up colonies and ranches.
“With the land that I saw in Jigawa, Gombe, Adamawa, Kano, Katsina and other locations, we (Nigeria) can feed the whole of Africa and Europe with cow, cheese and milk.
“But everybody is busy, they want oil from Niger Delta.’’
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The lecturer told NAN that all states in Nigeria have their different potentials that if properly tapped, will take the country out of economic doldrums.
So, all states that are created in Nigeria, if you look at the costs and benefits, the cost is higher than the benefits.
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“But if you follow the model we are talking about, every nation should go back to their own state, look at its resources.
“North can feed us with cow, milk and cheese and we will make money more than oil; go and do your research.
“The money from cow, cheese and milk is more than oil, but because we are lazy, you smile to Abuja; you get billions of naira; you smile back to your state and spend it; another month, you come back so people are not being productive.
“So, let us save the life of Fulani man; give him land, give him water, give him a ranch, give him colony; he is going to make money.
“And this unemployment we are talking about, we are going to employ a lot of our people in ranches and also in colonies.’’