Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi has harped on the need for continued dialogue in the quest for peaceful and harmonious living in different farming communities in Ogun State.
The SSG made the assertion when the Committee on Peaceful Coexistence in Farming Communities, paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Oke-Mosan.
He reiterated the present Administration’s drive towards ensuring lasting peace in the state saying “to promote business, we have to ensure that our environment is safe and peaceful”.
He appreciated the committee for working harmoniously and being cohesive in its approach, tasking them to make the Committee a reference point for all in the country and share information to members to further cement its bond. He assured the committee of Government support, assuring that suggestions and requests tendered will be addressed.
Earlier, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina thanked the SSG for tremendous support, noting that they have been successful in stemming down crisis because of the support, commitment and cooperation of the committee. He charged the committee to continue in its effort at sustaining peace in farming communities.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Sorunke equally corroborated Dr. Odedina’s position saying, one of the reasons for setting up the committee was for peaceful coexistence in farming communities.
Also speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, AIG Olushola Subair, submitted that business can only thrive where there is peace, admonishing the Committee to notify security agents quickly when the need arises.
In their separate responses, the Chairman, All Farmers Association (AFAN) in the State, Prince Olusegun Dasaolu, Serkin Fulani of Abeokuta and South West Chairman, Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Associate of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Muhammed Kabir as well as representatives of Iwoye Ketu Community, the NSCDC and so-safe Corps, pledged to ensure that the committee achieves its mandate