Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 October 2011

Nigeria: NEMA Moves to End Farmers, Pastoralists' Clashes

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has met with Benue and Nasarawa State officials in an attempt to find lasting solutions to the crises between farmers and cattle-rearing nomads along the borders of the two states.

The Director General of the agency, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, who met with the officials in Abuja, said threats from the conflicts must be resolved to enable farmers and cattle-rearing nomads co-exist and carry out their economic activities peacefully.

Represented by the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation Mr Edward Maigida, the NEMA boss said, "I do not want our pastoralists and farmers to suffer, hence the need to find a solution to the two competing interest in order to ensure that peace prevails in the area."

The meeting brought together representatives of the Benue and Nasarawa states government as well as officials of the National Livestock Development Project and the National Emergency Management Agency, a statement signed by the agency's spokesman, Yusha'u Shuaibu, said.

Between May and June this year violent conflicts between the farmers and cattle-rearing nomads in the Benue Nasarawa states borders resulted in the loss of lives, destruction of property and displacement of several communities.

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