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Kogi Move to Checkmate Farmers Herders Clashes, Inaugurates Conflict Prevention and Resolution Committee

by Felicia Awoyemi
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In a bid to further check clashes between farmers and herders, the Kogi Livelihood Productivity and Resilience Support Project L-PRES has inaugurated the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Committee in the State.

 

This is coming few weeks after The Drum Reporter reports that Gov. Ododo Inaugurates Kogi L-PRES Steering and Technical Committee 

Speaking at the inauguration of the Project in Lokoja on Thursday, the State Coordinator of L-PRES, Dr. Olufemi Bolarin said the move is a milestone in the process of checking farmers herders clashes in the State.

According to Dr. Bolarin, the inauguration of the Committee marks a turning point as it demonstrates the commitment of Kogi L-PRES to conflict management.

Members of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Committee

He explained that the State Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo has immense trust in the ability of the Committee to work diligently and make a difference in the management of conflict in the State.

“This Committee is the Nucleus that will enlighten and communicate the farmers as well as the herders. Mind you, we are going to have a launch of the National Animal Traceability and identification very soon, sponsored by the Federal Government in Kogi State.

“This is just a step in the process of peace building. The Committee should be alive to their duties and knowing their functions as spelt out by adopting a template that will reduce the crisis.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Security, Hon. Timothy Ojomah said solving conflict between farmers and herders is key to sustainable food security.

He described the inauguration as timely, saying it was coming at a time that the State is investing heavily in the Agriculture sector.

Hon. Timothy Ojomah, Kogi State Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Security

The Commissioner charged the Committee to take their job seriously, saying a lot of confidence has been reposed in them.

Hon. Ojomah, who is the Chairman of the Committee, said “parts of the mandate of the Committee is identifying the grazing routes, areas that animals will take to drink water and the farmlands.”

In his presentation titled “Dialogue in pursuit of Peace between Farmers-Herders Communities,” Dr. Olugbenro Olajuyigbe, Director, Emergency and Rist Alert said to reduce farmers herders clashes, the State must adopt a workable strategy.

He suggested the adoption of anonymous mechanisms, hearing perspectives of farmers and farmers, Groups setting up of Local Government platform and conflict diaries among others as ways of nipping conflict in the bud.

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