President Muhammadu Buhari has taken steps to further put an end to the reoccurring clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country by ordering the assessment of the extent of damage done to communities and areas affected by violent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in some parts of the country.
This was disclosed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo during the inaugural meeting of the recently composed Governing Council of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to a statement by the Vice President’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the meeting was presided over by Osinbajo as the chairman of the governing council.
Osinbajo said, “Mr. President has directed that we do a survey and assessment on the damage done to towns, cities, communities that have been affected by violence in some parts of the country, including the farmers-herders’ clashes.
“NEMA will play a leading role in this and the Presidency will also provide direct support.
“We will involve the people in the affected communities, and not just bring people from outside these communities, in the rebuilding efforts.
“We will involve people in these villages, artisans and other people in the communities, with required skills so that they can also benefit economically as we rebuild these communities.”
Some of the states most affected by the herdsmen/farmers’ clashes include Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Zamfara, Oyo, Kogi, Ekiti and Ondo.
At the Tuesday meeting, Osinbajo congratulated the new members, urging them to take their responsibility seriously.
“NEMA has been taking on assignments even beyond its mandate. This is a responsibility that we must take seriously,” he said.
Members of the board include the Director General, NEMA; the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Aviation; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Water Resources.
Other members include representatives of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Nigeria Police Force.