In a bid to curb the spate of herders/farmers clashes in the state, the Ondo government, on Thursday, February 11, 2021, approved a bill for the rearing and grazing of livestock across the state went further to curb the spate of herders/ farmers clashes in the state by approving a bill for the rearing and grazing of livestock across the state.
The bill is to be transmitted to the state House of Assembly for debate and passage.
Donald Ojogo, the information and orientation commissioner, and the state Attorney General and Justice commissioner, Charles Titiloye said this at a media briefing after the state Executive Councils’ weekly meeting in Akure.
Titiloye said that” the bill contains establishment of ranches and grazing areas with the sole objectives of preventing the destruction of farm crops and property occasioned by open grazing.
He further explained that “part of the objectives were to prevent farmers/herders clashes and manage the environmental impact of open grazing while working towards breeding of healthily livestock and modern techniques of animal husbandry in the state.
The Attorney General said that “the bill is another step in the implementation of the Governor’s orders to herders who are illegally occupying government forest reserves and without proper registration. ”
The bill also ban the bearing of guns and other ammunitions by any herder in the state, adding that any herder found with guns or other ammunition will be treated as criminal and prosecuted under the law.
Ojogo said the council noted with delight the efforts of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in stemming the rising spate of crime and insecurity in the state. ”
The state executive council, noted the immense efforts and fruitful activities of Amotekun gladly approved the procurement of the 20 operational vehicles aside the approval for the recruitment of additional 500 personnel into the security outfit.
”The mandate of the cabinet to retrace these two key issues. The cabinet noted the efforts of the Governor towards stemming the rising spate of crime and insecurity across the state.
“Council noted the efforts of Amotekun, we noted with delight that Amotekun has made efforts and requires the supports of the citizenry and residents of the state.
“We must support in terms of intelligence gathering for them to operate maximally. “The council noted with delight Amotekun’s activities and pass a vote of confidence and give a pat on the back to Amotekun.”