Insecurity: FG Plans Curriculum for Farmers, Pastoralists’ Education
- The federal government is planning to educate herders and farmers so as to put an end to the state of insecurity in the country
- With this, they will be educated on some key subjects which include Islamic Religious Studies and Christian Religious Studies
- According to the FG, the increasing rate of crime among farmers and herders is due to the lack of understanding of the collective sense of history, moral values
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Very soon, the Nigerian government will start educating pastoralists, migrant fisher-folk and farmers.
According to the national commission for Nomadic Education, this set of people will have access to education on four subjects, Daily Trust reports.
The subjects are; History, Islamic Religious Studies, Christian Religious Studies and National Values.
As a result of this, a new curriculum is being designed to capture these subjects, Vanguard added.
This was disclosed by the executive secretary of the commission, Prof. Bashir Usman.
According to him, the incessant cases of conflicts, insurgency, armed robbery, kidnapping, drug abuse in the society is due to the lack of understanding of the collective sense of history, moral values and social cohesion as a people.
Going further, he revealed that the country needs a solution to curb the rising spate of issues causing the current national security challenges.
Emir calls for peace
The Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage Muhammad I, called for peace among farmers and herders operating in Nasarawa state.
The emir, represented by Alhaji Ishiaka Dauda, said the conflict between herders and farmers is such that has been affecting productivity, leading to the destruction of lives and property of residents of various communities in the state.
Speaking at a two-day stakeholders' meeting organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Dauda said the emirate is also excited that the Nasarawa state government is serious about finding lasting solutions to the crisis between farmers and herders.
Dauda added that the key to productivity for both farmers' crops and herders' livestock is peaceful coexistence between all parties.
Also, a former chief of defence staff in Nigeria, Lieutenant General Alani Akinrinade (retired), had warned of a possible famine season across the country.
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Akinrinade said the famine could emanate from the recurring conflict between farmers and herders in various communities across states in Nigeria.