Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has reiterated his administration’s determination to ensure the protection of the lives and property of the people of the state at whatever cost.
Akeredolu said although the anti- open grazing law enacted in the state did not go down well with some people, he promised to stand by it and ensure that farmers are protected from losing their farm produce as a result of the antiquated open grazing practice.
The Governor spoke in his office on Tuesday while receiving the Pastorate of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry led by the State Overseer, Pastor Jacob Asubiojo.
Akeredolu, who noted that the Amotekun initiative and the outlawing of open grazing law were not aimed at anyone or group of persons, stressed that the need to protect the people and ensure mutual understanding brought about the development.
He said, “I want to urge you to intensify your prayers for us. We need it. You have referred to our efforts in trying to secure this our homeland. We have made efforts, we established Amotekun and banned open grazings.
It is not what is pleasing to everybody. Some people are not pleased with us. We are ready to stand by it and face whatever it will cost us. Pray for us. Amotekun and the anti-open grazing law are not pleasing to some people and they are gathering together, planning evil. Pray for us. Their evil will not work.
“What we are saying is that your herds can not keep destroying our crops. The FAO has come and we have discussed it. The Meyetti-Allah here in Ondo appears to want to cooperate with us because they know that when their cows destroy crops, we seize their cows and they pay the farmers before they are released.
“The FAO will train them on how to do feedlot. They will be trained to make feed and take it to the cows. We are not discriminating against anybody. We just want to make it clear that you can’t make your own ends meet and destroy other people’s source of livelihood. We know your prayers are very important to us. We need it.”