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Farmer/Herder Conflicts Require Practically-Oriented Solution – Malam

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says farmer – herder conflicts require a real-time, practically-oriented solution.

Malami spoke on Saturday at the AB Dikko Memorial Symposium in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State.

He called for a stakeholders’ engagement to resolve the protracted farmer – herder conflict in the country.

“The better approach towards resolving the crisis over the short, medium and long terms is to directly involve the stakeholders at the conception, implementation and monitoring phases,” he said.

He said that community-oriented approach was likely to yield greater dividend in diffusing and eventually eliminating the menace that has retarded economic development and created wide-spread insecurity.

The minister noted that addressing farmer-herder crisis from purely theoretical perspectives is often divorced from reality.

“Without synchronisation with the needs and aspirations of the involved stakeholders it is not only counter-productive, but inimical to the emergence and sustenance of a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria,” the minister said.

He therefore advocated the setting-up of regulated grazing reserves to replace the “Burtali” or “Hurumi” pastoral system.

He said that intensive enlightenment of livestock breeders on the need for sedentary farming and transhumance agriculture as complementary economic process to nomadic farming is necessary

He said provision of water holes in remote grazing locations, subsidised veterinary care and mobile ambulatory services for surgeries and other medical interventions for livestock would be of great help.

He also emphasised the need for providing social amenities, educational facilities and cattle markets at central locations to accelerate nomadic settlements.

Malami said educating communities on the need for peaceful co-existence and community engagement fora for bridge-building in community relations are of utmost importance.

According to the minister, revamping the activities of the Nomadic Education Commission with a view to complementing the efforts of government is essential in resolving the farmer-herder clashes.

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