Buhari’s Administration Adopts Bio-metric Registration To End Herders/Farmers Crisis
In a bid to find a solution to the unending crisis between herders and farmers in the country, the Federal Government resorted to the use of biometric registration order trail the movement of people, goods and livestock into the country.
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This development was relayed by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, today in Abuja during a special town hall meeting organised in order to address farmers/herdsmen crisis.
According to the minister, the development is important as the country is now a signatory to the recent free movement treaty put in place by ECOWAS.
Recall that NIGERIA NEWS had previously reported a recent conference that was put together in the ECOWAS sub-region to review ECOWAS Protocol on the free movement of goods, humans and livestock.
Speaking at the town hall meeting, Dambazau said: “60 percent of the people in West Africa are Nigerians. You need to know the number of Nigerians who cross the borders to other countries to look for livelihood.”
“It is important for us to see how we can create a balance between the implementation of the protocol and the security of our borders. “We have introduced the use of biometrics in other to ensure that we take account of every person that comes into Nigeria,” he added.
He further urged the media and Nigerians to tackle the crisis between herders and farmers as a national crisis and stop being sentimental.
He also disclosed the order given to the police to forcefully collect arms from individuals in the affected areas who do not have the licence to possess such arms and have refused to surrender them willingly.
In his words, “We have given directive and this is why you see the police going from place to place asking people to declare their weapons.”
“We have given this grace after which we will go out and condone suspected areas, get the weapons out and even prosecute those illegally handling them’’.
Other dignitaries at the meeting also contributed to the issue. They appealed to Nigerians to join hands with the federal government in order to find a lasting solution to the menace that has caused the death of many Nigerians.