Edo government, NSCDC to regulate activities of herdsmen

Governor Godwin Obaseki yesterday said his administration would engage the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in settling disputes between herdsmen and farm owners to sustain the peaceful co-existence they have enjoyed in Edo State.

Obaseki stated this when he received the new state commandant of the corps, Makinde AyinlaIskil, at Government House where he noted that grazing by herdsmen in the country has been ongoing for the past 100 years.

“Why are we having such a problem and crisis in the herdsmen and community relationship? Instead of fighting, let us understand the depth of the problem, and sustenance of whatever resolution we make. We are relying on you to give us intelligent information,” he said.

He stated that his administration was developing its own internal security plans to complement the Federal Government’s efforts through agencies like the NSCDC.

His words: “We are in the final stages of our own community base arrangement. We want to get more members of our community in providing security across the state. We can’t rely exclusively only on federal authority because security is also a local responsibility.”

Meanwhile, Obaseki has re-affirmed his administration’s commitment to making Edo State a medical tourism destination.

He stated this when the chairman and members of the Hospital Management Board paid him a courtesy visit yesterday at Government House.

Represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, the governor noted that his administration was also interested in promoting industrialization.

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