House of reps reviews Ecowas protocol to end farmers,herdsmen clashes

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The Nigerian House of Representatives is reviewing the Ecowas Protocol on Free Movement of persons, as one the measures geared towards ending the perennial clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

The Deputy Chairman House Committee on Agriculture, Alhaji Mukhtar Chiromawa, told Voice of Nigeria that contrary to the wide spread assumption that Fulani Herdsmen were behind the clashes, free-movement of people within Ecowas member nations has remained the cause.

He said the National Assembly will continue to provide the enabling laws and legislative support to all policies targeting the amicable resolution of the problem.

Chiromawa stressed that “Most of the clashes happening in Benue, Cross River and Rivers States are not the indigenous Fulanis it is the Fulanis coming from other neighbouring countries because of the Ecowas Treaty and the House has mandated its Committee on Treaties and Protocol to see how we can look into it to favour the Nigerian side.”

Government is adopting breed-improvement programme  through artificial in simulation to increase production (Milk and Meat) as well as importing grass seeds to provide enough food for animals to reduce migration.

“The present administration has imported high nutritious grass seeds from other countries like Kenya, South Africa and United Kingdom to provide good livestock feed to end the crisis.” Chiromawa added.