From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
Following persistent crises between farmers and herders, stakeholders in the industry and concerned Nigerians have advised the Federal Government to establish Peace and Conflicts Resolution Commission.
The group also advised the Federal Government to initiate construction of grazing reserves starting from States that have volunteered to donate land for the project.
Speaking through a communique issued at the end of a two-day conference put together by The Nation Newspaper and TVC in Abuja, the particiapnts recommended need for the government to strengthen security arrangements to make both farmers and herders feel safe.
The pastoralists were advised to also consider crop farming especially farmers produce such as maize which could serve as raw material for cattle fees.
According to the Communiqué read by Dr. Kayode Samuel, “The Summit was conceived as an open forum to promote frank exchange of ideas on burning issues of national and international concern, with particular regard to the herdsmen-farmers clashes across the country, with a view to seeking workable and enduring solutions.”
“Government should set up a Federal Peace and Conflict Resolution Commission.
“There is a need to strengthen security arrangements to make both farmers and herders feel safe and to isolate the criminal elements.” He added.
The event was attended by representatives of farmers’ groups, cattle breeders and herders, traditional rulers, state governments, security agencies and members of the diplomatic community among others also want the revitalization of river basin authorities.