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Farmer/Herder Clashes: FG to Remodel Ranching Programme

To find a lasting solution and ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders across the country, the Federal Government has disclosed plans to remodel its ranching programme, the National Livestock Transformation Programme(NLTP).

The development, which follows recent clashes between farmers and herders in Abia, Delta and Kwara States, was disclosed in a memo by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, signed by a director in his office, Mr David Atta, on Tuesday.

AgroNigeria gathered that the memo titled, ‘Heightened misunderstanding between farmers and herders in Abia, Delta and Kwara States’, was also addressed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar.

The recurring invasion of farmlands by migrant herders with accompanying hostilities across affected agrarian settlements, the SGF noted, has continued to threaten Nigeria’s food security agenda, adding that the situation is affecting peaceful coexistence in the affected communities.

He said, “The aforementioned development underscores the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme.

“And to partly facilitate the campaign against inflammatory and divisive statements that are capable of escalating the subsisting crisis between farmers and herders.”

Also, the SGF stressed the need for all relevant ministers to take necessary action to ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders across the country, pointing out that there is a looming confrontation between itinerant herders and farmers in Opiene community, Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia over the alleged invasion of farmlands in adjoining Oblene forest by herders.

Furthermore, justifying the need for a redress, Mustapha explained that, “Similarly, uneasy calm has pervaded Ogwashi-Uku and Ubulu-Unor communities in Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State, due to increasing presence of strange pastoralists in the area.

“The anxiety followed the refusal of some residents to serve as guarantors to the intruding herders, who have already encroached on some farms at Chibata and Aboh-Ogwashi villages in the same LGA.

“Relatedly, in Kwara, some nomads operating around the Marafa axis of Ilorin-East Local Government Area were reportedly ready to confront members of their host community.

“The planned confrontation was as a result of the recent attack on two of their kinsmen in the area.

“Meanwhile, the victims, Sadik Isah and Abubakar Bindo were said to be receiving treatment at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital,’’ the SGF added.

It should be recalled that the federal government had introduced the National Livestock Transformation Programme( NLTP) to proffer solution to the spate of farmer/herder clashes across the country.

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