The Osun State Government has rejected the cattle colony idea being proposed by the Federal Government.
The establishing of cattle colonies idea was brought up by the Federal Government in a bid to address the continuous killing of farmers by Fulani herdsmen across the country. However, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Osun State, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, on Thursday, said the state government would not buy into the idea.
The Commissioner disclosed that the Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, had foreseen the kind of herders-farmers’ crisis being witnessed in many states and had already established a committee comprising of government officials, farmers and herdsmen to quickly resolve whatever issue that might come up.
According to Baderinwa, the committee had been in existence for almost two years, and had already resolved thousands of cases, and that it’s the reason why there had been no herdsmen – farmers’ clashes in the state.
The commissioner said, “The truth is that we have gone ahead of that long before the current crisis in some parts of the country happened. We have a committee of Yoruba and Fulani which is overseeing the issue of farm destruction by livestock and other related issues.
“If a new herder is entering into Osun from any part of the country, such person will be taken to the head of the Fulani and he will be registered and be included among those whose activities will be monitored by the committee. Members of the committee know everyone and I believe it is a great job.
“That is what we have put in place in order to prevent this kind of crisis and it is working. We are hoping that there won’t be any intruder to disrupt the peace we have been enjoying for more than one and a half years. So, I don’t think that the proposed creation of cattle colonies will be necessary for us in Osun State.”