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ECOWAS to convene critical meeting on herdsmen crisis

ECOWAS to convene critical meeting on herdsmen crisis

- ECOWAS has scheduled a meeting to address the herdsmen and farmers clashes on April 26

- The conference would focus particularly on the protocol on the movement of trans-humans which was signed in 1978 but is yet to be implemented

- It would also attract participants from the Central African Republic, Chad, Cameroon, Morocco and Mauritania

The 15-member countries of the ECOWAS would converge in Abuja on April 26 to begin deliberation on the violent clashes between farmers and herders across the sub-region, NAN reports.

The meeting which would be opened by President Muhammadu Buhari was designed to finding permanent solutions to the persistent farmers-herders clashes in Nigeria and beyond.

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The minister of interior, retired Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, said after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja that the conference was initially planned for last February.

”This is why, for instance, we initiated the conference that is to come up between April 26 and 29 under the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, Goods and Services. The conference would focus particularly on the protocol on the movement of trans-humans which was signed in 1978 but yet to be implemented.

“I had meetings with the president, ECOWAS Commission, the one that left, and we agreed to have this conference sometime last month. But because they were leaving and a new set of management was coming in, it was shifted to toward the end of this month.

”So, the whole idea is to look at this issue of movements across borders. So, this month, on April 26, God willing, we are going to have this conference and Mr President has graciously agreed to open the conference,’’ he said

He said the conference, which would also attract participants from the Central African Republic, Chad, Cameroon, Morocco and Mauritania would explore the relationship between the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, and trans-border criminal activities.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government stated that as a solution to the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers across several states, which has led to the death of numerous individuals, it would focus on establishing cattle ranches.

The disclosure was made by the minister of interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Danbazau (Retd), at the stakeholders’ dialogue on the eradication of herders-farmers conflict in Nigeria which took place in Abuja on Wednesday, April 18.

The minister also stated that another measure put in place by the government to tackle the issue is the establishment of Agro Rangers.

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