NEC bans movement of herdsmen in Benue, Taraba, three other states

NEC bans movement of herdsmen in Benue, Taraba, three other states

Chidi Samuel |

The National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday agreed to stop the movement of herdsmen in the country, starting with Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, and Plateau as well as the creation of ranches across the country.

The decision was arrived at a meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, disclosed the decision to state house correspondents at the end of the NEC meeting.

Umahi said the five mainly affected states which have witnessed killings from the herdsmen/farmers clashes, are expected to make land available for ranches.

He added that with ranching, the nomadic herdsmen and their families would be able to access good medical facilities and good schools for their children if they stay in one place.

According to the governor, ranching would also improve the well-being of the cattle.

He further stated that the federal government and the affected states will still iron out the interventions expected from the two parties.

 

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