Ebonyi governor heads sub-committee on herdsmen, farmers’ clashes

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

David Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State

The committee set up by the National Economic Council, NEC, to tackle herdsmen and farmers conflict has set up a three-man sub-committee headed by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, South East Nigeria, to interfere with groups involved in the conflict.

NEC set up the 10-man committee, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, at its meeting on January 18 this year, to work towards finding a lasting solution to the problem.

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, North West Nigeria, told State House correspondents after a meeting of the NEC Committee on Thursday that governors of Ebonyi, Plateau and Adamawa states were members of the sub-committee to interface with the groups.

He said some technocrats would also be brought to join the sub-committee in its work, adding that though security agencies were already in the affected states, there was need to involve technocrats who expertise would help in resolving the crisis.

He said: “In our discussion today, we have set up a committee headed by governor of Ebonyi State, Plateau and Adamawa.  And we are bringing some other technocrats that will visit the hot spot states, Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and Adamawa where there is crisis so that they can interface with the Myetti Allah and other groups and see how we can put this matter to a minimal level.”

He said the sub-committee would work to ensure that the crisis does not turn to ethnic or religious conflict among the groups involved in it.

Yari said government was taking all measures to curtail the crisis, pointing out that some people have turned it into “money-making venture” while some criminal elements were taking advantage of it to commit crime.

Thursday’s meeting, presided over by Professor Osinbajo, also had in attendance Governors David Umahi , Simon Lalong, Nasir El-Rufai and Jibrilla Bindow of Ebonyi, Plateau, Kaduna and Adamawa states respectively.

The Minister of the Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazzau and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, also attended the meeting.