As the activities of Fulani Herdsmen continue to create tension in the country, the Bishop of Benin Diocese, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt, Rev. Peter Imasuen, has suggested that Cattle Ranches should be established in the domain of those whose livelihood depend on cattle rearing.
He gave the advice while delivering the Bishop’s Charge at the Second Session of the Eighteenth Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Benin Diocese, which took place in Benin City, today.
Bishop Imasuen who noted that the interests of both (herdsmen and crop farmers) parties should be protected, however stated that “cattle cannot just be moving up and down in a civilized society. Cattle ranches should be established in the domain of those whose livelihood depends on cattle rearing and crop farmers should have their farmlands adequately protected in their domains “.
On Agriculture and the Economy of the country, Dr. Imasuen noted that before the discovery of crude oil in the country, agriculture used to be the mainstay of the nation’s economy, stressing that the current relegation of agriculture to the background leaves much to be desired.
He therefore emphasized the need for the federal government to bring back agriculture to the forefront of the nation’s economy, to avoid famine, which can plunge the country into crises.
The man of God urged the federal government to put necessary machinery in place for mechanized agriculture to feed its citizens, which would create jobs, and excess farm produce exported.
While reiterating that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, the Bishop called on the federal government to provide enabling environment for private sector investment as well as vigorously pursue the policy of Public Private Partnership (PPP) to boost employment opportunities for youths roaming about the street in search of jobs
Rt. Rev. Imasuen who expressed dismay over the deplorable state of roads in the country, noted that over 70 per cent of federal roads are in bad shape, adding that it leads to delay in the movement of goods and services, with frequent highway accidents, causing loss of lives and properties.
He consequently called on the federal government to effect repair on its roads across the country.
Meanwhile, in a brief goodwill message, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Osarodion Ogie, promised to ensure ” freedom ” for religious bodies in the state in as much as their activities are not inimical to the welfare and well-being of the state.
Story sent in by Cliff Abel