The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has suggested the formation of a Nigerian government agency that will direct the activities of herders.
Malami said this while conveying his location as a special guest of honor at the Peace, Unity, and Security Lecture Series at the ECOWAS fundamental assembly hall, Abuja on Tuesday.
The minister conceded that the emergency among herders and ranchers had become a major problem and steps were should have been taken to handle it.
As per reports, he likewise said there was a need to revive the Roaming Education Commission.
He expressed, “Nigeria is predominately agricultural in nature and by geography. To that extent, there is constant mobility of herders across the different belts of Nigeria. It is perhaps time to consider the setting-up of a commission for pastoralism regulated by law.
“This might provide recipes for resolving protracted farmer-herder conflicts. The commission may even engage in or facilitate in-depth analytical studies with a view to providing lasting solutions for the benefit of people and the country.”
He likewise required the “revamping of the activities of the Nomadic Education Commission with a view to complementing the efforts of the government in resolving the farmer-herder clashes.”
Malami rehashed the responsibility of the Nigerian government in supporting activities and projects that would help settle the waiting rancher herder emergencies in the country.
The AGF contended that a portion of the ways for a peaceful Nigeria incorporate exacting adherence to the standard of law, regarding the sacredness of the key human rights altogether implications, including opportunity of development and the privilege of residents to remain at whatever piece of the country they decide to and different arrangements as contained in Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Government Republic of Nigeria remain support for a peaceful society.
The minister said the rancher herder emergency is genuine, adding that it requires continuous and basically situated arrangements.
He expressed, “The better methodology towards settling the emergency regarding the short, medium and long terms is to straightforwardly include the partners in thinking of arrangements at the origination, execution and checking faces.”
Malami likewise suggested the making of controlled grazing stores to supplant the “Burtali” or “Hurumi” peaceful framework.
He required the “intensive enlightenment to livestock breeders on the need for sedentary farming and transhumance agriculture as a complementary economic process to nomadic farming.”
The minister additionally suggested the arrangement of water openings in distant grazing areas, financed veterinary consideration, and portable wandering administrations for medical procedures and other clinical intercessions for animals.
He said there was additionally a requirement for the arrangement of foundation – social conveniences, educational offices, and steers markets at focal areas to quicken traveling settlements.