Osun state in South West Nigeria has rejected cattle colonies being mulled by the as a way of curbing herdsmen/farmers clashes across the country, saying they have put in place mechanism that has been working for the state. The development was made public in Osogbo on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderin.
According to him, the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola stressed that he became aware of herdsmen/farmers clashes in some states and as a result, he had put in place mechanism to avoid such clashes in Osun state. Baderinwa further explained that there was a Committee put in place two years ago which has been working.
“The truth is that we have gone ahead of other states in the federation before the current herders-farmers clashes. We have a committee of Yoruba and Fulani which is overseeing the issue of farm destruction and other related matters”, the Commissioner said.
“There is understanding between two groups. The understanding is that no cattle should graze on anybody’s farm in Osun State and if it happens, the herder will pay for the destruction.”
“If a new herder is entering the state from any part of the country, such herder is taken to the head of Fulani and he will be registered and included among those whose activities will be monitored by the committee.”
“I don’t think the creation of Cattle colonies will be necessary for us in Osun State.’