Stakeholders in Yewa North, Ogun State have debunked claims that 30 primary schools were shutdown in Yewa North following attack by Fulani herdsmen. The stakeholders at the meeting that drew traditional rulers, representatives of primary schools in Ketu Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of Yewa North, Ogun State, and council officials said the report that 30 schools were shutdown because of herdsmen attack was mischievous and calculated attempt by faceless groups and individuals to malign the name of the Local Government and portray it as one not sensitive to the plight of the populace.
The chairman, Ketu LCDA, Moses cadded that it was also an attempt to paint the picture that the government does not have the interest of the people in the grassroots at heart.
He explained that following claims of the primary schools closure, it was discovered that only Community Primary School, Igbonla, was truly closed down due to fears of attack of the herdsmen. Adegbite revealed that the activities of the herdsmen, particularly in the Local Government was adding to the poverty and misery of the populace as farm produce harvested were mauled down and destroyed by the rampaging cows of the Fulani herdsmen.
“One aspect of it all is when farmers tried to stop or challenge the herdsmen from destroying their produce, such farmers are either killed or maimed for life if he/she is lucky,” he said, adding that even though it was a national crisis, the Ogun State Government was doing everything possible to ensure that the destructive activities of the herdsmen were curtailed in the area.
He frowned at the activities of faceless groups and lawless individuals in the area and urged them to desist from creating tension and fear through the media in the minds of the populace. Also speaking at the forum, the traditional rulers and heads of primary schools categorically distanced themselves and the Local Government from the impression that 30 primary schools were shutdown.
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