Gov. Bello to set up panel to investigate Kogi farmers/herders’ clashes
By Halimat Isah
The Kogi State Government, as part of its commitment to bring the attackers in Ogane-Inigu communities to book, will set up a panel to investigate the perennial crises, InsideStory reports.
The panel which would be instituted by Governor Yahaya Bello will be charged with the responsibility to find out the remote and immediate causes of the farmers/herders crises in order to avert reoccurrence.
The Director General of Information Services and Grassroots Mobilization, Mallam Abdulmalik Abdulkarim who gave this hint after the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Lokoja, said Governor Bello would do anything within his best to bring lasting peace to the affected communities.
The Director General said Governor Bello has also approved the immediate dispatch of relief materials to the victims of the attacks to alleviate their suffering.
Against this backdrop, the council also directed all the top functionaries of government go back to their various communities to enlighten the people on the need to sustain peace and tranquility in their domains.
According to Abdulmalik, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, elites, youths and women are to be brought to a round table discussion on the way forward as there will be no alternative to peace.
He assured that the government was poised to ensuring that the incessant herders/farmers crisis is brought under total control.
Abdulkarim said the council expressed happiness over the recent release of the Dalpchi girls adding that the ingenuity of the President in ensuring that the innocent children were released was commendable.
Speaking further, the DG Information Services added that the recent visit by Governor Bello to Ojuwo was an eye opener; especially when he was briefed by the Traditional Ruler that a similar crisis happened in 2015 between the herders and the community members and the then Governor who was from that area never visited.
“The governor has directed the Ministry of Works to work on their roads to make it motor able to ease transportation for commuters and the farmers, the Ministry of Water Resources was also mandated to go back to their community to provide them access to portable water”.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya said the state government has released over ninety eight million naira as the sum total for the payment of 2017/2018 bursary allowance to indigent students in higher institutions.
Mrs Osikoya said the fund which is meant to cover for the bursary payment of eight thousand three hundred and eighteen students will be paid directly into the accounts of all beneficiary students by next week.
According to her, after the disbursement the portal will be reopened for registration by interested students for 2018/2019 academic session.