NEC recommends ranching in Benue, and other five states. Read more…

The National Economic Council (NEC) has proposed the adoption of ranching in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau states to curb farmers-herdsmen clashes.

At a meeting presided over by Prof Yemi Osinbajo Vice-President  on Thursday, the council approved the creation of ranches in the states affected by the clashes.

Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the NEC meeting held at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The NEC include state governors and relevant ministries of government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Umahi said the five mainly affected states which have witnessed killings from the herdsmen/farmers clashes, are expected to make land available for ranches.

He added that with ranching, the nomadic herdsmen and their families would be able to access good medical facilities and good schools for their children if they stay in one place.

Ranching, he said, would also improve the well-being of the cattle.

Umahi also disclosed that the federal government and the affected states will still iron out the interventions expected from the two parties.

He added that herdsmen from neighbouring countries would be expected to show some travel documents, even though visa is not allowed for movement of those from West African countries.

On his part, Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, said the federal government will no longer allow the killings to continue.

Ogbeh said Nigeria may no longer be able to keep to the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of persons.

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