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Stakeholders’ Conference identifies 17 ways to end farmers, herders’ crises 

Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna 

Critical stakeholders in livestock and crops farmers’ business have identified 17 points as ways to end the lingering crises between the two contending occupations.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day “Conference on Dialogue for Peace in Nigeria,” which held on weekend, in Kaduna State.

The communiqué, jointly signed by 8 representatives of Muslim and Christian stakeholders stated, inter alia, “The one-day Conference on Crop and Livestock Farmers’ Stakeholders were drawn from MACBAN, AFAN, JNI, CAN, WIC, Traditional Rulers, across Northern States.”

Organized by the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, IDFP, and supported by KAICIID International Dialogue Centre, the Conference noted with concern that the inclusiveness and peaceful coexistence enjoyed by all in years past have been eroded and replaced with mistrust, suspicion and hatred of the other.

It also noted that “Trivial issues that could be amicably resolved quickly assume ethnic or religious colouration, which has undermined our unity.  The crop and livestock farmers’ crisis is just one out of the many crises bedeviling our country and threatening our unity.

“The Conference acknowledged the efforts of the government in addressing the crisis, though, it has fallen short of expectations.

“The Conference of the Crop and Livestock Farmers, after various paper presentations and deliberations, came up with a 17-point communiqué on how the lingering crop and livestock farmers’ crisis could be resolved,” it stated.

In the communiqué, the participants stated that, “The government needs to involve all major stakeholders and invest where it wants to invest or engage public-private partnership.

“Secondly, the three-tiers of government should come up with articulate guidelines on how to address the issues at the communities, identify drivers of conflict and prosecute them. 

“Professionals in conflict management should be engaged to revive community relations to unite us (farmers), harness internal and external collaboration to find sustainable solution to the crisis.

“Government should avoid policy summersault and come up with a deliberate and workable policy to address the crisis; the regional and urban planning laws should be deliberately designed to encourage intra and inter ethno-religious habitation,” it stressed.

Communiqué added that ‘Effort should be made to recover existing grazing reserves, trans-human stock routes, resting points and watering facilities for livestock farmers, Livestock and Crops Farmers Commission should be established.

It continued that “Government should have an incentive for the livestock farmers like they do for their crop counterparts such as the Anchor Borrower program; security agencies should be more thorough and unbiased in investigating the root causes of the crisis.

“The problem of proliferation of small and light weapons, illegal security uniforms, hard drugs and influx of aliens should be effectively monitored, accordingly, while capacity building for crop and livestock farmers along the line of agricultural value chain, advocated.

“All the three tiers of governments, traditional and religious institutions, community-based organizations, civil society organizations should join hands in fighting the menace; the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps should regulate the activities of the Vigilante Groups.

“The criminal justice system should be quick in the dispensation of justice, and government should address poverty and youth unemployment, challenges facing the country.”

Communiqué Committee, Signed by:

  1. Amina Kazaure (Women Interfaith Council) …………………………………………………..
  2. Ruth Joshua Magaji (CAN Women Wing – Kaduna State) …………………….………..
  3. Haruna Usman (MACBAN Chairman – Kaduna State Branch) ……………….………
  4. Usman Ibrahim Michika (AFAN Chairman – Adamawa State Chapter)….………
  5. Charles U. Ndukwe (Interfaith Mediation Centre – Kaduna)…………………………..
  6. Imam Dr. Nurayn Mohammed Ashafa (Interfaith Mediation Centre).…………..
  7. Mohammed Yusuf Ahmed (AFAN Kaduna State)….………………………………………….
  8. 8.  Engr. Saleh Alhassan (Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore).………………………………………

 

 

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