- Oyo state government has ordered members of MACBAN to register with their true identities with the government
- Muyiwa Ojekunle, the state commissioner of agriculture, made the government's position known on Friday, September 13
- Ojekunle said the registration would enable the government to identify those who are genuinely residing in the state and those who perpetrate crimes
The Oyo state government has charged the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to register their true members in the state.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the state commissioner for agriculture and rural development, Muyiwa Ojekunle, said the registration of true members of MACBAN in the state would help to avert future clash between herders and farmers.
Ojekunle said registration of MACBAN's members would enable the government to identify those who are genuinely residing in the state and those who perpetrate crimes.
He stated this while playing host to the executive members of the association at his office in Ibadan on Friday, September 13.
The commissioner also noted that it would be hard for any criminal element among the herders to perpetrate crime if his identity is well known to the association as well as the government.
He said: "All these hullabaloo will be a thing of the past if your members have registration method and their identity well known to you and the government. Nobody will commit any crime when he knows people can identify him or her.
"The present administration understands and is very ready to work for unity among all ethnics and tribes in the country to move our state together. Moreso, as the governor of Oyo state is ready to use agriculture to turn over the economic potentials of our people for better.
"Go back and preach peace and harmony to your people. Our land is open to all to thrive in business and we already have foreign and local investors who have started working on cultivation of large expanse of lands across the State and with same interest in animal husbandry as well.
In his reactions, the state vice chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Ibrahim Diji, appealed for support from the state government for the group to mediate and foster peace in cases of clashes between farmers and herders in the state.
He stated that one of the ways to permanently end farmers-herders clash was for the government to create grazing routes for the herdsmen so that when they are out with their cattle for grazing, there would be no straying into people's farms.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Anambra state government commenced headcount of herders at the Amansea, Awka south local government area in its efforts to curb herdsmen-farmers conflict and foster peaceful co-existence in the state.
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