The Ekiti State Government has set on Sunday, March 21, 2021 as the beginning of a two weeks warning to farmers and herders operating in the state to register or be booted out by the authorities, as the two weeks grace commences
Ekiti Government had in February conducted a two-week registration of farmers and herders, but not all those involved took advantage, hence the resolve to give another two-week window to register with the state government.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Olabode Adetoyi, in a statement declared that the exercise was expedient to ensure that all farmers and herders could be accounted for, adding that the registration was also aimed at ensuring peace between the two groups and bringing incessant clashes between them to an end.
Adetoyi emphasized that, the exercise was in consonance with the National Livestock Transformation Programme of the Federal Government, noting that clashes between farmers and herders posed dangers to human and food security, hence the need to take proactive measures to curb the menace.
The Special Adviser to Governor Kayode Fayemi on security matters Ebenezer Ogundana, on his part warned that “whoever failed to register and operates within Ekiti territory would be treated as a criminal and compelled to leave the state.
Ogundana who is the chairman, herders-farmers peace committee, however, pointed out that the nation’s laws allows all citizens to stay in any part of the country but they must adhere to relevant laws.
Meanwhile, the Director-General, Office of Transformation and Service Delivery, Mobolaji Aluko, also explained that all registered farmers and herders would be issued with identity cards.