Obaseki preaches cordial farmer/herder relations


…tasks mediation C’ttee to accelerate peace-building efforts

Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for calm among farming communities and herders in the state, appealing that they maintain good neighbourly relations.

The governor said this when he met members of Odiguetue Community of Ovia North East Local Government Area, at the Government House, in Benin City, Edo State.

The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Taiwo Akerele, assured them that the government has set up structures in place to engender cordial relations among all, as the standing committee set up to mediate between farmers and herders is revving peace-building efforts.

According to him, “We call for calm and urge the community to maintain goodneighbourly relations with herdsmen. The state is committed to ensuring peaceful co-existence among the people.

“We want to assure the people of Odiguetue Community and others that there is a standing committee that is charged with fast-tracking conflict resolution and peace-building in communities across the state. They are continually working to maintain peace and order. The Police, which is part of the committee, will investigate and prosecute anyone found to be constituting nuisance. The committee will intensify peace-building efforts and ensure that the people are better served where there is need for redress.”

He reiterated the need for cordial relations, noting that the state government is working assiduously to maintain law and order and will not tolerate actions that will undermine its efforts.