FG introduces the ‘Pulaku’ initiative aiming to mitigate conflicts between farmers and herders

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On Tuesday, the Federal Government announced the initiation of the Pulaku Initiative, a significant resettlement program aimed at tackling the persistent farmer-herder clashes across the nation.

Pulaku, referred to as the “Fulani code of conduct,” is a cultural and ethical value system specific to the Fulani people.

The farmer-herder crisis, particularly severe in the North-Central region, has endured for over two decades, claiming over 60,000 lives since 2001.

The program will initially focus on seven states disproportionately affected by these conflicts, namely Sokoto, Kebbi, Benue, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, and Kaduna.

This announcement follows Vice President Kashim Shettima’s plans, revealed eight months ago, to address insurgency and poverty in the northern region.

Shettima emphasized that military actions alone cannot sustainably resolve the security crisis, advocating for both kinetic and non-kinetic solutions.

Inaugurating a steering committee to oversee the initiative, the VP explained that the selection of states is deliberate, aiming for ripple effects that revitalize communities and lay the groundwork for a more inclusive Nigeria.

The government plans to rebuild conflict-torn communities with residences, roads, schools, and essential facilities.

Shettima asserted that the Pulaku resettlement should be seen as an emergency to address a challenge threatening Nigeria’s fabric, fulfilling promises made by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The initiative aims to create an environment where prosperity is not just a distant dream but a tangible reality.

The Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, announced the launch date and detailed the program’s components, including the construction of houses, schools, hospitals, and support for those affected by insecurity.

The Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, expects tactical support for farmers in his state, reducing farmer-herder clashes.

Chaired by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Dangiwa, the committee includes representatives from the benefiting states, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, and members from various organizations, such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Bureau of Public Procurement, BUA Group, Dangote Group, and NEMA.

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