To End farmer-herder clashes, FG Unveils ‘Pulaku’ Initiative

On Tuesday, the Federal Government announced the commencement of the Pulaku Initiative, a large-scale resettlement program aimed at addressing the underlying causes of persistent clashes between farmers and herders across the country. The initiative focuses on the Fulani cultural and ethical value system known as Pulaku, which is integral to their way of life.

The farmer-herder crisis, particularly severe in the North-Central region, has resulted in over 60,000 deaths since 2001. To start, the program will target seven states most affected by these conflicts: Sokoto, Kebbi, Benue, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, and Kaduna.

Vice President Kashim Shettima, speaking at the inauguration of the implementation committee, emphasized the strategic selection of these states to create ripple effects that will revitalize communities and promote inclusivity in Nigeria. The government plans to rebuild conflict-affected areas by constructing homes, roads, schools, and essential facilities.

Shettima stressed the urgent nature of the project, stating that it is essential to address a challenge that threatens the unity of Nigeria. He highlighted that this initiative fulfills promises made by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to create a prosperous environment for all Nigerians.

The initiative is not designed to favor any particular group or region but is a practical response to a shared challenge. The committee overseeing the program, chaired by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Dangiwa, includes representatives from the benefiting states, as well as key stakeholders from various sectors.

Oluchi Omai

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