December 7, 2011

Parliament has approved a 13-member committee to investigate allegations of illegal activities of the Fulani herdsmen in the country.

The committee which is chaired by Dr. Yakubu Alhassan with members including Joseph Boahene Aidoo, Haruna Bayirga, Albert Abongo, Simon Edem Asimah, Theophilus Chaie Tettey, Arthur Francis Kojo, Peter Wiafe Peprah, Anyimadu Antwi, Kwame Ampofo-Twumasi, Dominic Nitiwul, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Hajia Alhassan Dubie Halutie Rafatu, has been charged with the task of investigating allegations of the conduct of the Fulani farmers in Edubiase, Agogo Traditional Area, and the Afram Plains.

They are also to investigate the background of the farmers, how they entered the country, effects of their activities on properties, human lives and the environment as well as making recommendations as to measures to forestall future occurrences.

Commenting after the approval of the committee, the Deputy Minority Leader, Ambrose Derry charged the state and traditional authorities to enforce the law in dealing with issues of brutalities perpetuated by the nomadics herdsmen across the country.

According to him, failure on the part of these authorities to deal decisively will result in frustrated victims, taking the law into their own hands and visiting mayhem on the cattle farmers.

Mohammed Muntaka on his part urged the committee to take opportunity of their visit to the said areas to educate the people on the need to hasten slowly in dealing with the nomadics.

He noted that, it is important to note that, there are some Ghanaians of Fulani descents and it is important that all Fulani’s are not tagged foreigners and mishandled but rather they should be dealt with according to the law.

Kwadwo Anim/