By Yusuf Bakare, Ilorin
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara command is seeking measures to address the rising differences between the Farmers and Herders in the Agro allied industry.
As a result, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Makinde Iskil Ayinla called a Stakeholders Forum organized by NSCDC in Ilorin, on Friday looking into causes, implications and solutions to the conflict between the two parties.
Ayinla said that the Command quest to critically analyze the issues, gave birth to the forum, which he said was important to the dear nation.
The Commandant said that other social vices such as kidnappings, banditry, terrorism, insurgencies, cultism and cyber crimes was becoming alarming.
“This forum will go along way in the sustainability of peace and the socio-economic development of the immediate society and the country at large,” the Commandant said.
He said that in the last three months 37 matters with regards to herders and farmers relationship had been intervened by the Command.
“The Command recovered about 27 stolen Cows, and was later released to their owners and created Cow-pathway in people’s farm
“We also assisted a farmer to recover his stolen Motorcycle, and had engagement with principal stakeholders (crop farmers and herders) in roundtable discussion, to forestall peace,” Ayinla said.
The Commandant assured commitment and readiness of NSCDC to continue to protect the Agro allied industry, and other security related challenges through the Agro-Rangers Unit.
He solicited for the support, cooperation and salient contributions from participating stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the conflict, thereby enhancing a viable Agro allied industry in the state and by extension, Nigeria.
The Coordinator of Tractors Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria, Kwara Chapter, Alhaji Muhammad Kudu said that the Herders and Farmers are brothers and should be working together for their success.
Kudu said that patience and cooperation should be taken very serious in the discussion, in order to achieve a positive result.
“I beg my brothers, both the Farmers and Herders to work together to achieve security of lives and properties and also be our brothers keepers,” he said.
Alhaji Muhammad Gidado, representative of Fulani Herdsmen also pleaded with the parties involved to live in peace and stop any form of misunderstanding.
Gidado said that most of the causes of the problem is devil, and urged the two parties to shun evil whispering and work towards peace and progress.