Nasarawa State Government has acknowledged the pragmatic efforts of the Federal Government toward addressing security challenges confronting the state through Benue State valley, Nasarawa and its border with Taraba state.
Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura gave the commendation during a public hearing with a view to identifying the remote causes of the menace held at the chamber of the state ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Lafia.
Represented by his Deputy Mr. Silas Agara, Al-Makura identified the role played by the Federal Ministry of Defence for exerting their energy to lend their physical and intellectual might toward government’s determination to curb the incessant farmer/ herder crises not only in the state but in the country at large.
“Let me point out that this tireless commitment by the Military will no doubt go a long way in providing a conducive atmosphere to foster peaceful coexistence and a build strong relationship between farmers and herders,” he said.
Governor Al-Makura further stated that by achieving this cordial oneness and togetherness among the two brothers who have a long time relationship will pave way for bumper harvest of agricultural potentials of both crop production and pastoral occupation for the overall socio-economic growth of Nigeria in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari government.
He also informed the gathering that Nasarawa state has also been proactive in initiating practical steps to curb farmer/ herder conflicts as well as general communal disturbances bedevilling the state in recent times.
The eight-man committee is headed by Brigadier Umar Ibrahim of the Defence Headquarters has eight terms of reference which include all established/gazetted cattle routes should not be blocked before, during and after harvest in accordance with the guaranteed constitutional right to free movement of all citizens; to also intensify surveillance and patrol of activities by security personnel, while communities should also take security issues seriously and as a matter of priority, mopping up of illegal arms and ammunition as well as disarmament among others.
From Suleiman Lawal, Lafia