Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Al-Makura, has urged the federal and state governments to set up grazing areas to address the incessant clashes between herders and farmers in the country.
Al-Makura made the call yesterday in Lafia at the stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Presidential Committee on Farmers/Herders Crises in collaboration with the Nasarawa state government.
Represented by Haruna Osegba, the state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the governor also called on private individuals, groups and organisations to set up private ranches to curb the farmers/herdsmen clashes.
He maintained that all established cattle routes should not be blocked during and after harvest so as to guarantee the constitutional rights to the free movement of citizens.
Al-Makura stressed the need to intensify surveillance and patrol by security agencies, and urged farmers and herders to refrain from taking laws into their hands but rather report cases of trespass to constituted authorities for redress.
The governor said perpetrator and sponsors of heinous crimes, including the farmer and herders conflicts, should be promptly arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
Al-Makura noted that the establishment of the Community-Based Conflict Resolution Committees at the state, local government, district and village levels by his administration had yielded tremendous results in resolving conflicts among individuals and communities.
He lauded the intervention of the federal government over the farmers and herders crises, especially the establishment of the Presidential committee headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
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