By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja
House of Representatives has demanded for the inclusion of Kaduna and Plateau among the states ravaging by herdsmen listed to be visited by a subcommittee setup by federal government.
The call to include these two states came up on the floor of the House under matter of urgent public importance, titled, “urgent need for the inclusion of Kaduna and Plateau states in the states affected by the herdsmen/farmers crisis that the National Economic Council Working Group Subcommittee will visit for consultation,” moved by Hon. Marshall Katung.
Leading debate on the motion, the lawmaker noted that Kaduna and Plateau, which are the hotbed of the conflicts were inadvertently omitted from the states to be visited by the subcommittee.
Hon. Katung explained that the mandate of the subcommittee headed by Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi is to hold consultation with stakeholders and interested parties on how to bring an end to the conflicts.
He pointed out that Kaduna and Plateau states have witnessed several killings, adding that “the omission of these states from the interactions and consultations with the subcommittee will only ensure that the conflicts are not finally, comprehensively and conclusively addressed, which we believe is the true intent of the federal government.
“Every effort must be put in place to save Nigeria from these needless and brutal killings and that the inclusion of Kaduna and Plateau states will advance this objective.
The House, however, mandated its Committee on Public Safety and Intelligence to immediately contact and liaise with the office of the Vice President to ensure the inclusion of both Kaduna and Plateau states among the states affected by the crisis that the National Economic Council Working Group Subcommittee will consult with and report back to the House within two weeks.