As the Federal Government takes steps to establish grazing land for marauding Fulani herdsmen as a way of ending the frequent clashes between the herdsmen and farmers in the country, the Benue State government has maintained that establishment of ranches remained a panacea for the crisis.
The position of the state government was reiterated, yesterday, in a statement issued on behalf government by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua.
According to him, “Governor Samuel Ortom has reiterated overtime that the establishment of ranches remains the best global practice in animal husbandry that explains why there are no clashes between farmers and herders in countries that have domesticated the practice.
“It has become the generally acceptable practice, which necessitated the position of the government on the matter.”
Tahav, who wondered why Nigeria has not adopted the practice, maintained that it would serve as the permanent solution to the unending clashes and effectively address the menace of herdsmen/farmers crisis.
He explained further that it could be very difficult and almost impossible to convince any community to donate parcels of land for the purpose of creating grazing land for cattle rearers. He rather suggested a synergy between states and the Federal Government in the implementation of the policy. He said in the interim, measures that would promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders must be promoted and infringement on the right of either party should be handled within the ambit of the law without resort to self-help.
He added that the relative peace currently witnessed in the state had been achieved through the Governor’s advocacy and dialogue with the relevant groups, assuring that the administration had intensified collaboration with security agencies to tackle any form of crime in some parts of the state.
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