The Adamawa State Government has inaugurated the committee to coordinate the state in the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan.
The plan is a strategy of the federal government to tackle conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in states most affected by the conflicts, including Adamawa.
Inaugurating the six-member state committee on Saturday in Yola, the Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Sett, said the members of the committee were selected on the strength of their experience and proven integrity.
He told the members to work as a team so that they could go far as the state intends to go far in the programme.
The committee comprised members who are mostly people who have all held offices for decades in the agricultural sectors. They are Professor Anikibo Ambrose Voh, Dr Garba Ahmed, Dr Gideon Shelpela, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim Michika, Alhaji Suleiman Umar, and Malam Sajo Zakare.
The Chairman of the Committee, Professor Anikibo Voh, who spoke on behalf of the members, said that in constituting the committee, the state government had shown that it is a pragmatic and action-driven government.
He said Adamawa had been troubled by both Boko Haram attacks and herdsmen-farmers’ conflicts and the crises had proven to be more than the state could bear, for which reason the committee would work hard in addressing the herdsmen-farmers’ conflicts.
“The decision to key into the federal government programme shows the commitment of the state to tackle the farmers-herdsmen crisis. On our part, we are working hard not only to effectively represent Adamawa State in the programme but to be ahead of the other states,” he said.
The pilot states for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan include Adamawa, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Oyo, and Ebonyi.
The National Livestock Transformation Plan is described as a mediation strategy of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as the National Economic Council to provide solution to the incessant pastoralists-farmers conflicts around the country.