By Nofisat Marindoti
The State Government of Osun has condemned the habit of some nomadic herdsmen whose cattle eat up crops on farms settlements in the state, warning them against such menace.
The government however implored the farmers concerned not to retaliate but to report to appropriate quarters according to a statement issued at the end of the Weekly State Executive Council meeting and signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure.
“Council received report of the menace of nomadic herdsmen who bring their cattle to eat up crops on farms and commit other crimes in the state. Council viewed this seriously and condemned it strongly. It is the council’s strong position that this development constitutes a threat to security of lives and food production in the state.
“Council is dismayed that many farmers in the state have been forced to abandon their farms, some of which have now been converted to criminal hideouts. Council sympathised with the farmers and urged those affected not to take laws into their own hand but should to bring this to the attention of law enforcement agencies and other relevant government agencies who are in the best position to address their plight.”
The meeting presided over by Governor Rauf Aregbesola also approved a memorandum on the appointment of Prince Michael Babatunde Sunday Adeyemi Adedeji from Adujelewu ruling house as the next Ado Oko of Ido Oko in Obokun Local Government.
Prince Adedeji emerged as the sole candidate of Adujelewu Ruling House at the end of its meeting on December 10, 2016 and was ratified by the kingmakers on October 12, 2017.
Directing the ministry of works too carry out a physical assessment of all the general hospitals in the State to determine their condition, the State Government approved that the inauguration of parliaments and governments of the local governments be carried out on Tuesday February 13, 2018.
“Council received report that harsh weather condition and old age have affected some of the general hospitals in the state. Council consequently directed the Ministry of Works to carry out physical assessment of all the general hospitals in the state to determine their physical condition, where and what need to be fixed therein and at what cost and report back to council.
“Council commended the swearing in ceremony of the 389 councillors representing all the wards in the state, as the parliamentary system of government takes off seamlessly. Council approved that the inauguration of the parliaments and governments of the local governments be carried out on Tuesday February 13, 2018.
“Council congratulated and urged them to take their calling seriously and provide effective representation and vibrant leadership for their people, in line with the parliamentary system of government.”