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Ondo Assembly, NURTW, Youths, Others Back Akeredolu On Quit Notice To Herders

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 Members of Ondo State House of Assembly, Na­tional Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Ondo State Agri­cultural Commodities’ Asso­ciation (OSACA), Youths On The Ridges, among others, on Thursday declared their support for Governor Olu­warotimi Akeredolu over the vacation order handed down to herdsmen to leave forest reserves in the state.

The lawmakers declared they might suspend their on­going recess to attend to the issue of the ultimatum giv­en to herdsmen to vacate all forest reserves in the state by Governor Akeredolu.

A statement signed by Chairman, House Commit­tee on Information, Youth and Sports Development, Akogun Olugbenga Omole, described the vacation order as a step in people’s interest.

According to the state­ment, “The seven days ulti­matum issued to herdsmen to quit the state’s forests is a good intention meant to se­cure the lives and property of the people.”

The lawmakers lamented the loss of lives and property attributed to the nefarious activities of herders in the state, saying, “The mindless killing of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Chief Reu­ben Fasoranti; the gruesome murder of the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Adewusi; the recent kill­ing of the Deputy Registrar of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, among others, are still very fresh in our memory.”

Commending Governor Akeredolu for his courage in issuing the vacation order, the lawmakers condemned the statement credited to presidential spokesperson, Shehu Garba, criticising the order.

The lawmakers noted that “residents of the state have gone through a lot of trauma in the hands of these crimi­nal minded individuals and it is the onerous responsibil­ity of government to protect the lives and property of the citizenry.”

However, they urged regis­tered herders to go about their legitimate duties without fear.

Different groups of farm­ers, including OSACA, Youths On The Ridges, foresters, Na­tional Union of Road Trans­port Workers (NURTW) in the state on Thursday embarked on procession to the Gov­ernor’s Office at Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital, de­claring their support for the governor’s vacation order.

Reacting to the vacation order, the farmers urged the state governor to extend the order to all forests in the state, noting that some of them who were farming in other forests other than reserved forests had lost crops to herdsmen who grazed on their farms at night.

Youth farmers, a.k.a Youths On The Ridges, at Ugbere Farm Settlement in Owo Local Government Area called on the state gov­ernment to implement the order, lamenting that armed herdsmen had displaced them from the farm camps.

The commercial drivers lamented series of attacks on their vehicles on the highway by herdsmen who graze on highway causing gridlock to allow bandits swoop on them and passengers.

Some farmers in the state had on Wednesday while re­acting to the presidency and Miyetti Allah’s comments to the seven days ultimatum handed down by the state gov­ernor, ordering herdsmen to vacate forest reserves, called on the lawmakers at the House of Assembly to pass into law the bill on appropri­ate modern farming technol­ogy which is before the House.

The farmers under the aus­pices of Ondo State Agricul­tural Commodities’ Associa­tion (OSACA) in a statement signed by their Chairman and Secretary, Messrs. Gben­ga Obaweya and Ayo Omogie, respectively, said: “We strong­ly believe that such an import­ant order should be backed up with relevant legislation as a matter of urgency. The graz­ing bill before the House of Assembly should therefore be given an accelerated pas­sage.”

As the ultimatum expires on Sunday, the state govern­ment still keeps mute on the next line of action against those who may flout the order.


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