Sensitization Program Sheds Light on Key Issues Driving Conflict Between Farmers and Herders in Obi and Keana


Blockage of grazing routes, destruction of farm crops, drug addiction, rapid population growth, and instances of injustice are key issues contributing to the escalation of conflicts between farmers and herders in Obi and Keana local government areas.

These concerns were brought to light during a sensitization program organized by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Farmers and Herders.

Speaking at the sensitization program, the Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Farmers and Herders, Kadijat Adamu Jibrin, reiterated the administration’s commitment to promoting harmony between farmers and herders.

She commended the efforts of Governor Abdullahi Sule in fostering peace and unity in the state, particularly as the farming season advances and acknowledged the significant decrease in Farmers-Herders conflicts in recent years, lauding the understanding demonstrated by both groups.

According to Khadijat, the engagement sought to identify potential triggers of violence and offer solutions to reinforce the prevailing peace and unity among community members, underscoring the role of traditional rulers in upholding peace.

On their parts, Farmers expressed gratitude for the improved security measures implemented by the government, saying there is a reduction in crop destruction by herders while the herders on their parts raised concerns over the constraints they face due to the blockage of grazing routes, influenced by population pressure.

They called for government intervention at all levels to address the challenges and ensure unhindered access to grazing lands.

During the event, Mohammed Adamu from the Lafia Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, emphasized the hazards of drug abuse and urged parents to monitor their children’s activities closely.

The Special Assistant and her team paid homage to the Andoma of Doma and Emir of Lafia, to acknowledge their support for the initiative. Responding the Emir of Lafia Justice Sidi Bage and the Andoma of Doma, Ahmadu Aliyu Oga Onawo commended the timeliness of the sensitization program, recognizing its potential to strengthen peace and unity within the state.

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