An inter-ministerial committee has been set up to work out modalities and fine tune the security of agro-investments and the investors.
The committee drawn from senior directors in the ministry of agriculture and interior was inaugurated today, July 12 by the ministers manning the ministries, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd).
In his short speech at the ceremony, Chief Ogbeh reiterated the federal government’s efforts to diversify the economy with emphasis on agriculture.
”We are inviting Nigerians and foreigners alike to invest in this country’s economy, particularly the agricultural sector.
”If we are going to encourage investments in the sector, which will cut across the length and breadth of this country, we need to find a formula to protect them and their investments,” Ogbeh said.
Speaking further, Ogbeh said: ”We are planning now to create ranches and bringing our cattles together in manageable conditions where the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers can be eliminated.”
Ogbeh called on the committee members to properly outline the duties of the new special forces to be set up in order for them not be susceptible to abuse.
On his part, Dambazau noted that the cooperation and partnership between both ministries in order to”synergise our efforts for effective and efficient use of resources.”
He continued: ”The resources that we have cannot be able to help us achieve our aim individually. So coming together as ministries, we will be able to effectively use what we have our objectives.
”We will train the men of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in such a way that they will be able to protect investments and also protect communities that are involved in farming.”
Clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers across the nation has been a source of worry for the federal government.