By Mumini Abdulkareem
As part of efforts at addressing the menace of incessant herdsmen attack in Nigeria, the Federal Government has been charged to as a matter of urgency commence the concrete movement and mapping of 500km cattle routes across the nation.
This was part of the resolutions of the House, following a motion on need to address incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Kwara State, raised by member representing Kaiama/Kemanji/ Wajibe Constituency, Hon Ahmed Ibn Mohammed.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon Mathew Okedare, who presided over Tuesday’s sitting, while reading the resolutions of the House, explained that the need became expedient in order to permanently find solutions to the problem threatening the corporate existence of the country.
The legislature equally enjoined the state government to constitute Farmers Herdsmen Committee at both state and local government levels as provided for in the State Farmers and Herdsmen Prevention and Settlement of Dispute Law and Grazing Reserves Law.
The House also called on the state government to direct the Ministries of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Information, to collaborate with a view to sentisitising the general public especially the farmers and herdsmen on the need to maintain harmonious relationship to forestall clashes among them.
Hon Ibn Mohammed, had while sponsoring the motion, recalled the colossal human and material losses the state in particular and nation had incurred due to incessant farmers and herdsmen attacks while urging all stakeholders to rise to the current security challenge in the state.
Other members who spoke on the motion expressed displeasure over lack of political will by the executive arm of government to implement existing laws and resolutions of the House and emphasised the need for the state government to constitute committee to prevent further farmers/herdsmen clash in the state.
The House equally at its Tuesday’s sitting, mandated its committees on Energy Works and Transport and Health, Environment and Forestry to investigate Matters of General Public Importance raised by members representing Oke – Ogun and Omupo Constituencies, Barr. Kamal Fagbemi and Hon. Mashood Bakare over undue exploitation by Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC)and indiscriminate felling of economic trees in the state and report its finding to the plenary in the next two weeks.