The Ondo State Government has said it will not give land to killer Fulani herders in the state and this is according to the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN. He made this known while playing host to a delegation from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) led by its Country Representative, Mr. Fred Kafeero.
Akeredolu however said that his administration would key into the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) of the Federal Government to ensure that incessant clashes between farmers and herders are permanently eradicated.
Said he: The National Livestock agenda is simple and does not include conceding land to herders.” Akeredolu who noted that the National Livestock Transformation Plan has a lot of public misconceptions, however, explained that “the plan only involved having an area owned by the people where services would be provided for livestock owners.
Noted Akeredolu: “The plan only involves having an area owned by the people where services will be provided for livestock owners. We will have an area where we can have livestock. It is an area where our people own but only providing services.
“We will ensure that there is grass and other ways of feeding this livestock. What we need to do is to encourage haulage, not by bringing the cows by road. You will bring your cows and other livestock to the livestock-grazing area and you pay to feed them. FAO can offer advice. Our people give different interpretations to whatever we say or do.
“The National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP), a number of our people don’t even know what it is all about. And people see it as an attempt to give land to herders. Long before now, I have said we are ready in terms of having areas where the animals can graze.”