In an effort to promote peaceful coexistence, the House of Representatives has said it has concluded to embrace a multifaceted approach to put an end to the incessant farmers/herders clashes in the country.
Rep. Aliyu Misau, Chairman, Ad hoc Committee stated this on Monday, in Abuja, while interacting with stakeholders with a view to finding lasting solutions to recurring clashes between farmers and herders.
Aliyu said there is a need to adopt a multi-faceted approach that integrates the effort of governments, private sector and civil society organisation, in order to address the root causes of these problems.
He also said there was a need to also explore investments in agricultural infrastructure such as adequate investment in irrigation systems, storage facilities and rural road network, among others. He said there was a need for conflict resolution and land management, adding that continued investment in agricultural research and development was imperative.
The Reps added that farmers’ skills and knowledge through education and capacity building must be enhanced.
According to him, addressing the challenges faced by farmers and headers requires concrete efforts from all stakeholders and collectors working together.
“We can create an environment to foster sustainable agriculture, resolve conflicts and uplift the lives of those who feed our nation.
He therefore calls for commitment to achieve the goals, for the betterment of rural communities, economy and collective future where farmers and herders co-exist peacefully, where socio-economic development is fostered and the nation flourishes.
According to him, the conflicts not only disrupt rural communities but also have broader socio-economic and political implications on the nation.
He said the committee would ensure that it bridged the divide and foster improved understanding among farmers and herders, taking into cognisance the unique challenges faced by the groups by promoting dialogue, building trust and creating an environment where mutual respect and shared prosperity could thrive.