The National Economic Council on Thursday recommended a ban on the movement of herdsmen as a way of stopping the killings across the country.
The ban will be enforced in the five states where the killings are rampant. They are, Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau.
Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi disclosed the outcome of a NEC meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to reporters at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to Umahi ranching would be adopted in the five states.
The state governments would provide lands for that, he added.
The governor said, “In all, we agreed that movement is not profitable to the herdsmen because they value the milk from the cow even more than the cow itself.
“So, movement is not healthy for the cows as it dries up the meat and give less than two litres of milk per cow per day.
“So, we condemn the issues of foreign invasion by foreign herdsmen and l am happy that the FG is doing something about it.
“We also agreed that these movements have to stop and occasionally by those who have settled and integrated from other parts of the country like the middle belt, they sometimes go into conflicts with farmers.
“So, in all we agreed that there is a more profitable and modern way of raising these cows which is by ranching. So, we have agreed that the states involved are going to give lands. Niger and Kaduna have given lands and Plateau is also giving land.
“Ranching in being practised in Mambila in Taraba Dtate and they have success stories with regards to that.”
The NEC is chaired by the Vice-President and has all state governors, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and relevant ministers as members.