For the farmer/herder clashes to be effectively tackled, the Institute of Corporate Administration (ICA) is advocating that the government establishes ranches in different states of the country, so as to sustain agricultural growth.
Programme Coordinator of ICA, South-East Zone, Charles Ngwakwe, made the appeal in Awka, while delivering his lecture titled “Developing Strategic Administrative Competence for the Changed World of Work”, during the institute’s quarterly Strategic Management Conference and Induction ceremony.
In his remarks, “Conflicts between arable crop farmers and cattle herdsmen over the use of agricultural land is still pervasive in Nigeria, and portends grave consequences for agricultural development. It has demonstrated great potential to affect various aspects of rural life too.
“The conflicts have far affected economic, production, loss of life and sources of livelihood and displacements of people from their settlements. The agriculture sector has many opportunities given some of the policies of the Federal Government but farmers/herders clashes have to be addressed before people can go to the farm, so we advocate for the creation of ranches.”He added.
Ngwakwe who urged the government to create employment for more youths in the country, stated that an improved economic environment will enable more businesses to thrive.
According to him, employment will take idle youths away from the streets and help to reduce crime and other vices in the society.
He said,“The institute believes that another potent way of fighting insecurity in Nigeria is through employment, the government must create the enabling environment. Power generation must be to be improved, loans and other incentives must be made accessible to small businesses, artisans and entrepreneurs.”