ICC Note: One of the members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly namely Alhaji Mohammed Okpoku, raises concern about Nigeria’s Food security. Okpoku has recently made contact with newsmen in Nasawara and stated that this issue could potentially be caused by ongoing confrontations between herdsmen and farmers.
06/21/2018 Nigeria (The Eagle Online) – Alhaji Mohammed Okpoku, a member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, says incessant farmers-herdsmen clashes may cause food shortage in the state and the country at large.
Okpoku, lawmaker representing Udege/Loko Constituency in the Assembly, made the call while speaking with newsmen in Nasarawa, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state, on Thursday.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on June 2, suspected herdsmen allegedly killed eight persons and destroyed properties worth million of naira in Aisa, Aza and Owuma villages, among other communities in the Agatu neighbourhood of the state.
Okpoku underscored the need for effective collaboration among all stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the incessant crisis between farmers and herdsmen in order to boost food production in the country.
He said that such collaboration should fight food insecurity, poverty, hunger and unemployment in Nigeria, while improving the citizens’ living standards and the country’s socio-economic development.
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