Climate change, lack of implementation of laws responsible for herdsmen, farmer’s conflict, says Country Director

Climate change, lack of implementation of laws responsible for herdsmen, farmer’s conflict, says Country Director

Ms Iveta Ouvry, the Country Director, Conflict Management for Mercy Corps Nigeria, on Tuesday said climate change and lack of implementation of laws was responsible for the conflict between herdsmen and farmers in some part of the country.

Ouvry told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of Mercy Corps Conflict Management four year initiative programme that ended recently.
According to her, the programme spread its network across four states of the country namely; Benue, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Plateau respectively, where communities, members and communities’ were engaged in peace building process.

“There are so many reasons that are responsible for the increase of conflict between herdsmen and farmers’, starting with the climate change which is a global problem,” she said.

She explained that the lack of implementation of laws which already exist, also constituted a factor , adding that there are a lot to be done by different stakeholders, including the local government.

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According to her, the Federal Government, in addition to enhancing the current laws,  must work to ensure that other things that needed be addressed.
She said that the four year programme , had succeeded  in bringing a level peace to some communities in states of the Middle Belt, from 2012 to 2016.

She explained that though it took us long to achieve our goal and we are happy to say conflict has decrease in the communities we worked in.

“The most important thing that we were able to achieve was to encourage people to set up system that helps them to manage conflict peacefully and this system would stay beyond us,’’ she added.
Ouvry also urged stakeholders, local government and the federal government to ensure that current laws are in place to support the process.
“We know that the minister of culture works a lot on establishing new system of working on laws around ranching and grazing,” she added. (NAN)

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