Concerned about the recent killing of Owolabi Adetona, a farmer in Afon Local Council Development Area by Fulani herdsmen, the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Adekunbi, has commended the drastic steps taken by the State government towards averting future occurrence.
Adekunbi, who gave the commendation during plenary at the Assembly Complex, said despite the fact that herdsmen killing has become a national issue, the State would continue to adopt lawful means of protecting people’s lives and property, so as to promote peaceful co-existence.
Earlier in his explanation, Hon. Atanda Rasaq, representing Yewa North 2 State Constituency, disclosed that 21 people were killed last year, while several others were injured, lamenting that the killing of the farmer on his farmland was disheartening.
In the same vein, Hon. Bowale Solaja of Ijebu North 1 State Constituency said, over 100 hectares of maize plantation was destroyed by herdsmen in Ijebu-Igbo area last year, calling on various security agencies in the State to be more proactive in protecting lives and property of residents, in all parts of the State.
In another development, members of the public have been urged to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) being put in place by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to register in preparation for the forthcoming general elections.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon Suraju Ishola Adekunbi made the call while responding to submissions of members representing Ijebu North East, Hon Jimi Otukoya and his Ifo II counterpart, Ganiyu Oyedeji, who emphasised the need for the electoral body to put in place, more measures towards ensuring timely accessibility of Permanent Voter Card (PVC).
Adekunbi, who lauded the commencement of the voters registration by INEC, charged the Commission to increase on its enlightenment and sensitisation programme to the populace, on the importance of the exercise, to mobilise more citizens to participate.