Yoruba group urges South West govs to address insecurity through livestock intervention programme
A Yoruba youth body, Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association (YYSA), has called on Southwest governors to kick-start what it called Livestock Special Intervention Programme (LSIP) in the region.
In a statement, yesterday, by its National President, Olalekan Hammed, made available to The Guardian in Ibadan, YYSA said: “In an attempt to put an end to herdsmen/farmers crises and to rejuvenate and reinvigorate farming as a means of livelihood among our youths in the region, there is need for the establishment of Livestock Special Intervention Programme (LSIP) by Southwest governors through the creation of ranches in some located farm settlements across Yoruba nation and by giving unemployed graduates interest free loan for cattle rearing at any of the farm settlements/ranches close to them.
“The programme, when launched would be supervised by government officials from the state Ministry of Agriculture in each state. And a particular amount will be paid into government purse, which will serve as due for making use of a ranch provided by government, some other agreements will follow.
“This initiative will devoid us the risks that may be associated or emanated from releasing our fatherland for those that may swindle the region its heritage.”
“It will not only reduce unemployment or alleviate poverty, but it will further exposes our youths to fortunes in livestock business and why they don’t need to waste their precious time looking for white cola jobs.
“Lastly, to determine whether the outsiders (people from other regions) will have access to it or not depends on the conditions that may attached to it.”