How farmers, herders’ clashes can be stopped – DAWN Commission boss Oyeleye

Seye Oyeleye

Director-General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN Commission, Seye Oyeleye says frequent skirmishes between farmers and Fulani herders can be stopped if governments at all levels in Nigeria can make urgent arrangements to stop open grazing.

“Governments at all levels and the stakeholders in the agricultural sector should accept and embrace modern methods of cattle ranching to solve the recurrent problem of collision between farmers and herders,” he said on Monday evening on Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio anchored by Olayinka Agboola on Oluyole 98.5 FM Ibadan.

Mr Oyeleye also took time to speak about the agenda that brought Lagos State into the fold of O’dua Investment Company after it was initially excluded by past western states’ leaders.

He said the coming on board of Lagos Sate is already adding more economic benefits to O’dua, DAWN commission and to the sister states including Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti, while attesting to the fact that Lagos State has the fourth biggest economy in Africa.

“It is only logical that the governors decided that Lagos should be brought on board at O’dua and DAWN Commission did a lot of work in the background because Lagos State is an integral part of Yorubaland. It is a logical thing for the five states to collaborate and work with Lagos,” he said.

On what led to the establishment of the commission, he said it was established to promote and engender cooperation and faster development among the six states in the western part of Nigeria since they have the same economy, culture, challenges and speak the same language.