Osun state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has reiterated his administration’s commitment to strengthening the peace existing between farmers and herders in the state.
The governor, who described peace as a necessity, said the state under his watch would do everything to enhance peaceful coexistence among its people.
Oyetola asserted this while hosting the leadership of Osun State Cow Dealers Association, Members of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and leadership of Fulani-herders in his office.
While underscoring the need to be proactive in tackling crime and criminality, Oyetola stressed the need for proper data collection and registration of herders living in the state. He added that the initiative would help reflect the true demography of the state and help in identifying, assessing and evaluating the number of non-citizens living there.
He said the registration would further help security agencies in identifying and separating genuine immigrants from illegal ones whenever there is a case of criminality or misconduct.
The Governor also implored the leadership of the herders to be cautious and report any strange movements to relevant authorities.
“I am happy that peace has been continuously reigning in this state, most especially between farmers, cow dealers and herders. This is as a result of our administration’s commitment to ensuring adequate security and promoting peace among the citizenry.
As a government, the maintenance of law and order as well as the general welfare of the people has been taken as priority since we assumed office. We are doing everything we can to prevent illegal influx of people into our state, as we request the cooperation of all and sundry to stamp out all forms of illegality in our state.
It is our belief that this initiative would help us know who is living in the state and help us take control of any strange happening”, he said.
Chairman of Osun State Cow Dealers Association, Mr. Garba Usman , commended the administration of Governor Oyetola for taking security of lives and property as it’s priority.