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NEC ‘committee’ to visit states in crisis

Five governors are to also visit affected states on a fact-finding mission. Photo: The News Nigeria

The Working Group set up by the National Economic Council, NEC, on the Herdsmen-Farmers violence in parts of the country has constituted a Sub-Committee to visit frontline States in the conflict, hold consultations with stakeholders and interested parties on how to end the conflicts.

At the meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, it was resolved that the Sub-Committee, which has Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State as Chairman, would visit Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and Adamawa States in order to understand the different dynamics of the conflict and develop long term workable solutions.

Other members of the Sub-Committee are the Governors of Plateau, Benue, Taraba, and Adamawa States, while the committee would co-opt relevant experts and technical groups in the discharge of its assignment.

Today’s meeting was attended by the Governors of Zamfara, Abdul’aziz Yari; Ebonyi, David Umahi; Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Plateau, Simon Lalong; Adamawa, Bindo Umaru Jubrilla; and the Deputy Governors of Oyo, and Benue States; Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo & Engr. Benson Abuonu. The Minister for Agriculture & Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and the Interior Minister, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, were also in attendance.

At its meeting last month, the National Economic Council decided to constitute a Working Group that will work in accordance with the President’s commitment to ensuring that all perpetrators of violence in the clashes are brought to book and bring an end to the conflicts.

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