The National Economic Council(NEC) has set up a committee on the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the states.
The committee, which is set to visit frontline States has been mandated to hold consultations with critical stakeholders in the states on how to end the conflicts.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-president on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, and made available to newsmen on Friday.
According to the statement, the decision was reached at a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, where it was resolved that the committee , which has Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State as Chairman, should visit Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and Adamawa States in order to understand the different dynamics of the conflict and develop long term workable solutions.
Other members of the Committee are the Governors of Plateau, Benue, Taraba, and Adamawa States, while the committee would co-opt relevant experts and technical groups in the discharge of its assignment.
“Today’s meeting was attended by the Governors of Zamfara, Abdul’aziz Yari; Ebonyi, David Umahi; Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Plateau, Simon Lalong; Adamawa, Bindo Umaru Jubrilla; and the Deputy Governors of Oyo, and Benue States; Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo & Engr. Benson Abuonu. The Minister for Agriculture & Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and the Interior Minister, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, were also in attendance.
“At its meeting last month, the National Economic Council decided to constitute a Working Group that will work in accordance with the President’s commitment to ensuring that all perpetrators of violence in the clashes are brought to book and bring an end to the conflicts”, the statement said.