By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command has warned herders to keep off farmlands in the state.
The Corps noted that destruction of farmlands has been the major bone of contention between farmers and herders.
NSCDC State Commandant, Emmanuel Ocheja who made the call at a workshop in preparation for the 2022 International Civil Defence Day celebration at Ayedire Local Government Area of the state, called for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders in the state.
Ocheja advised that all stakeholders in the agro-allied sector should embrace the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve issues, rather than resorting to confrontations and aggressive combats.
He assured of NSCDC’s commitment to protect the agro-allied industry and address security challenges that might confront food production and food security in the country.
The commandant said the Federal Government was poised to ensure that everybody who engaged in agriculture had a peaceful atmosphere to go about their occupation without any fear of intimidation or harassment.
Ocheja spoke on the theme: “Civil Defence and Management of Displaced Persons in the Face of Disaster and Crisis: Role of Volunteers and the Fight against Pandemics.’’
In his remarks, Chairman of Ayedire Local Government Council, Mr Adigun Adejare, commended the effort of the NSCDC in maintaining peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders.
Adejare pledged support for the NSCDC and other security agencies, urging farmers and herders to continue to live in peace and put an end to clashes in the state.
A farmer and participant, Alhaji Seidu Adamu, appreciated the NSCDC for organising the workshop and promised that inhabitants of Ayedire would continue to explore every avenue to engender peace and harmony.
Representatives of the Fulani-Bororo community in Ayedire and its environs, who participated in the workshop, reiterated their readiness to cooperate with the NSCDC to achieve peaceful co-existence with farmers.