Ogun Govt.To Synergise Stakeholder For Lasting Solution To Farmer And Helders Conflict - Dr. Adeola Odedina - AMEBO ONLINE NEWSPAPER


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Ogun Govt.To Synergise Stakeholder For Lasting Solution To Farmer And Helders Conflict - Dr. Adeola Odedina

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The Ogun State Government have declared its readiness to support and synergise all stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the farmers/ herders conflict in the State.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr Samson Odedina, who made this known at a workshop organized by the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Ogun State Chapter, held at the Veterinary Services conference hall, Ita-Eko, Abeokuta, noted that this kind of meeting would not only improve productivity of livestock and the revenue of the herders, but also increase optimum yield of crops for the farmers. He further mentioned that all farmers and herders in the state are one family providing food for the people and contributing to food security.

Dr. Odedina noted that the current administration is committed to industrializing the agricultural sector which will ensure food security, increase the food production of rural farmers, provide raw materials for agro-allied industries, as well as create employment opportunities for the youth.

He revealed that the Federal Government, the Central Bank of Nigeria and every other intervention agency wants to make Ogun State the reference point in major crops, like cassava, rice, cattle, fish, poultry and all that the state has a comparative advantage on.

He also commended the leadership representing farmers and herders in the State for the level of peace achieved so far, saying that no nation can thrive where there is rancour and resentment. He however called on the leaders to share information with the relevant government agencies to find a lasting solution to the farmers and herders conflict.

“As leaders, we need to be ready for challenges and be ready to confront and solve it. The government will support all committees, dialogue sessions, initiatives and logistics that will make this intervention work because, if we are not at peace, there would be no progress. I want to implore you to be in the news for the right reasons and not otherwise”, Dr Odedina submitted.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman, AFAN, Ogun State Chapter, Prince Segun Dasaolu noted that the meeting became imperative to bring about a conflict resolution mechanism to the controversy of herdsmen and crop farmers in the state, which has led to loss of lives and property, noting that it would also bring about mutual respect among key players in the value chain.

In his response, the Seriki Fulani, Abeokuta, who also serves as the Chairman of Miyetti Allah in the South West, Mallam Mohammed Kabir, revealed that the crop farmers and herders have been involved in a series of meetings before now to finding a lasting solution to the crisis, noting that Ogun State serves a perfect template to resolving the farmers/herder clashes in other South Western states.

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