The incessant violent conflicts between farmers and castle rearers along the borders of Benue and Nassarawa states, may soon be over as the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, says it has succeeded in bringing relevant stakeholders together to find lasting solutions to the problem and prevent further losses of lives and property in the area.
Addressing the stakeholders in Abuja, the Agency’s Director General, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, said threats from the conflicts must be resolved to enable the farmers and cattle rearers co-exist and carryout their economic activities peacefully.
The NEMA boss who was represented by the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr Edward Maigida said though the conflicts have lingered for long, it was still possible to address the issues involved. In his words: “I do not want our pastoralists and farmers to suffer, hence the need to find a solution to the two competing interests in order to ensure that peace prevails in the area”.
Alhaji Sidi appealed to the federal and state governments to provide grazing reserves and migratory routes for the cattle rearers by re-establishing those that had been abandoned.
The meeting brought together representatives of the Benue and Nassarawa states governments as well as officials of the National Livestock Development Project and NEMA.
It will be recalled that between May and June this year violent conflicts between the farmers and cattle rearers in the Benue Nassarawa states borders resulted in the loss of lives, destruction of property and displacement of several communities during which NEMA provided relief assistance to the victims.