By OreOluwa Akintunde, Akure
Â Ondo State Government has warned all herdsmen across the state to stay away from government farm centres, especially the Ore Agro BusinessÂ City or face prosecution.Â Â
Mrs Olafunmiloye Bolanle, the Chairman of the State Wealth Creation Agency (WECA) gave the warningÂ Â in Ore, Odigbo LocalÂ Government Area of the state while interacting with the leaders of the herdsmen at the farm town hall.Â Â
She also bemoaned cattle rearers invasion of farms with attendant large scale destructions to cropsÂ Â and other recreational facilities, despite several meetings held with them on the same issue.
According to her, the Ore Agro Business City is one of the largestÂ among other farm cities established across the state by the Governor Olusegun Mimiko-led administration.
The chairman said the centre would serve as incubation centre for training and exposing youths to the entire agricultural value chain that would propel them into wealth creation ventures.Â
She said the present administration would give priority to agricultural development as an alternative source of revenue and
employment generation for the unemployed youths.
The chairman explained that government had expended a lot of resources on agricultural sector with a view to creating additional wealth to the economy.Â
She stated that the government`s decision had reduced joblessness and increased food production for the populace. She said the government would no longer fold its arms and allow any group of people or individuals to sabotage its effort at making life more meaningful for its citizens.
Also speaking, the Secretary of the agency, Mr Segun Odusanya, expressed appreciation to the stakeholders and security agencies for attending the meeting.
He said their suggestions would assist the agency to take far-reaching decisions that would ensure a lasting peace in the community.
Responding, Alhaji Bello Garuba, Ondo State Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), said he would soon call a meeting of members of his association.
He promised to inform the members on the agreement reached and prevail on them to desist from grazing their animals on government and individual farms. Garuba, however, suggested that two of the association’s members should be involved in the monitoring of the herdsmen round the Agro Business city and other parts of the state.