Abiola Ajimobi: Governor establishes grazing lands for Fulani herdsmen

Abiola Ajimobi

The Oyo Governor also said his government will continue to dialogue with the herdsmen and farmers to ensure lasting peace in the state.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi, during his Democracy Day speech, has announced measures put in place by his government to curb clashes between farmers in the state, and Fulani herdsmen.

Ajimobi announced that grazing lands, feedlots and ranches have been established for herdsmen who rear cattle in Oyo state.

You will recall that the Fulani herdsmen have been connected to several incidents of violence in various states across Nigeria.

The Oyo Governor also said his government will continue to dialogue with the herdsmen and farmers to ensure lasting peace in the state.

Ajimobi also said “We are working hard to address the situation, part of which informed the decision by the government to concede and use 100 per cent of the state allocation from the federation account for the payment of salaries.”

“For example, just as we have set about a massive revamping of our agricultural programme, plans are ongoing for the construction of an industrial park with attendant policies and logistic facilities like rail line and dry port.”

“My conviction is that our comparative advantage of a vast arable land mass, a teeming population, a concentration of agricultural research institutes and the political will are the required elixir that will ensure the success of our massive job creation initiative.

“However, we are not unaware that political jobbers have gone to town with the tale that we are retrenching more than 16,000 workers. That is very untrue. As a matter of fact, quite a number of those 16,000 workers have already been cleared of any wrongdoing having clarified their data entries with the verification panel that we set up for the purpose,” he said.

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state in reaction to the killing of two residents of the state, by suspected Fulani herdsmen, banned grazing in the state.

He also called on those interested in rearing cattle in the state, to get a ranch for the purpose.

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