Ekiti govt tells farmers, herders ‘to register or leave state’

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In February, the state conducted a two-week registration of farmers and herders, but not all those involved used the opportunity.

The Ekiti State government has given farmers and herders another two-week window to register with the state government or be ready to leave the state.

The two-week grace begins on Sunday, March 22. In February, the state conducted a two-week registration of farmers and herders, but not all those involved seized the opportunity.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Olabode Adetoyi, said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday that the exercise was expedient to ensure that all farmers and herders could be accounted for.

He added that the registration was also aimed at ensuring peace between the two groups and bringing incessant clashes between them to an end.

He noted that the exercise was in consonance with the National Livestock Transformation Programme of the Federal Government.

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Mr. Adetoyi observed 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 and chairman, herders-farmers peace committee, Ebenezer Ogundana, warned in the statement that “whoever failed to register would be treated as a criminal.”

Such persons, he said, would be compelled to leave the state. The nation’s laws allow all citizens to stay in any part of the country although they must adhere to relevant laws.

Meanwhile, the Director-General, Office of Transformation and Service Delivery, Mobolaji Aluko, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that identity cards would be issued to registered farmers and herders free of charge.

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