Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oleyeloogun has lamented that herdsmen invaded his farm and destroyed his maize plantation. The Speaker, who said he had spent a lot of money in planting the maize, disclosed at the South-West Legislative Reform meeting held, yesterday, in Akure, Ondo State.
While he expressed the need for stakeholders to find solutions to the incursions of herdsmen before the situation escalates, Oleyeloogun said: “The issue of farmer/herdsmen crisis is critical. It is disheartening that farmers are no longer free to go to their farmlands. Something urgent must be done before it gets out of hand.” “I went to my farm yesterday (Monday), when I got there, I saw that all the maize I planted had been destroyed by cows of the herdsmen and after finishing there, they moved away”, he said.
The motive of the meeting, according to the Speaker, was for the lawmakers from the South West to have a common goal aimed at solving problems facing the region. According to him, “The legislative arm of government is an important arm of government saddled with the responsibilities of lawmaking, ratification of appointment of public office holders, oversight functions, among others.”