Nasarawa State Governor-elect, Engr Abdullahi Sule, has stated that his administration will partner Benue and Plateau States to end the persistent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the two states.
Sule in an interview with newsmen in Lafia at the weekend said kidnapping and banditry will also be tacked with as much determination.
He said: “In Abuja, I had an opportunity to discuss the issue of insecurity in the two states with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on how to prevent and address the persistent crisis between farmers and Fulani herdsmen crisis in both states”.
The governor-elect, who lamented the persistent security breaches in Udege Development Area, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state, said his administration would work to prevent banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.
He said the recent crises in Akwanga, Obi, Keana, Doma and Awe local government areas would not be tolerated by his administration .
Sule said, “One of the issues that we have continued to preach is the fact that without security there will be what is happening in the area of development and area of industrialization .
“No investor is interested in going to any environment that lacks security. Security is actually our number one priority.
“We are working more towards preventing insecurity rather than addressing the issue when it comes in . So, one of the biggest challenges of security is unemployment.
“We want to approach the issue of security from the area of providing employment to the teeming youths across the state.”
While declaring that both Fulani herdsmen and farmers had the right to stay in the state and go about their various activities, he affirmed that anybody who did not want to embrace peace had the right to leave the state.
Sule promised to focus on agriculture and provide incentives for both local and foreign investors across the 13 local government and 18 development areas of the state.