In an attempt to find lasting solution to farmers and herdsmen clashes in Oyo State, government has decided to establish grazing lands, feedlots and ranches.
The state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, in his Democracy Day speech in Ibadan yesterday, disclosed these lasting solutions to the challenges.
According to him, the recent conflict between farmers and herdsmen in the state is being resolved via regular dialogues by various committees set up by the government.
The governor who sympathized with workers and pensioners over the delay in the payment of salaries and pensions, which is a nationwide conundrum foisted on Nigerians by the dwindling allocation from the centre, assured the people that “we are diligently working to break this painful and undesirable situation.”
“We are working hard to address the situation, part of which informed the decision by the government to concede and use 100 per cent of the state allocation from the federation account for the payment of salaries.”
He disclosed the decision of the state government to diversify the economy and create employment opportunities for the teeming population, saying “we have engaged local and international partners in the implementation of industrial and agricultural programme aimed at creating wealth for our people.”
“For example, just as we have set about a massive revamping of our agricultural programme, plans are ongoing for the construction of an industrial park with attendant policies and logistic facilities like rail line and dry port,” he said.
The governor expressed confident that this will turn the state into an economic and manufacturing hub, adding that this new initiative was aimed at benefiting over one million people through engagement in the value chain.
“My conviction is that our comparative advantage of a vast arable land mass, a teeming population, a concentration of agricultural research institutes and the political will are the required elixir that will ensure the success of our massive job creation initiative.”
Regarding the ongoing staff verification exercise in the public service, Ajimobi reassured that it was not an attempt to witch-hunt.
or lay off workers who possess valid credentials and job records.
Rather, he said it was part of government efforts at blocking loopholes and making “our workforce not only effective, but efficient.
“However, we are not unaware that political jobbers have gone to town with the tale that we are retrenching more than 16,000 workers.
That is very untrue. As a matter of fact, quite a number of those 16,000 workers have already been cleared of any wrongdoing having clarified their data entries with the verification panel that we set up for the purpose,” he said.
He reiterated that only those who were unable to satisfactorily clear their issues before the panel that have cause for concern.
He enjoined the people not to despair in the face of today’s challenges, assuring that better days were ahead.
The governor therefore solicited for continued support and cooperation “as we intensify efforts to make our dear state a reference point in the country.”