NCWS Supports Akeredolu Quit Notice To Herders

National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Ondo State Chapter has joined the league of stakeholders that have thrown their weight behind the seven days quit notice issued by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to herders grazing in the state Forest Reserves.

Following the recent threat to lives of the residents of the state by some criminals masquerading as herdsmen, the governor as the Chief Security Officer of the state was left with no option than to give order vacating the herdsmen from the state Forests Reserves.

Speaking with the PATH, the State President of NCWS, Pastor Jumoke Aborode said the entire women societies in Ondo lauded the bold step of the governor, saying the time is now to rid criminals out of the state.

She condemned the level of kidnapping in the state as many residents of the state have been kidnapped while many are living in apprehension.

She sympathized with market women in the state who are at the receiving end of the kidnappers activities, saying it is too risky for them to go to early market due to the fear of kidnappers.

” The activities of the kidnappers have negative effect on the economy of the state; most of our market women that obtain loans from finance houses are finding it difficult to pay back because of their inability to travel within and outside the state to buy goods; the fear of kidnappers is the beginning of wisdom”.

Mrs Aborode tasked the governor not to relent in his fight against kidnappers and armed robbers in the state, saying the criminal herders must vacate the state forests for peace to reign.

” Mr Governor, don’t allow pressure from the presidency to derail you from defending your people; protecting their lives and property is your primary responsibility; you can be rest assured, the entire women in the state are solidly behind you.”.

She said psychological trauma of women who were victims of kidnappers will take them time to come out of it, noting that it is a bad experience for women.

The President noted that despite the corona virus pandemic that is taking its toll on women, the criminal activities of the Fulani herdsmen is aggravating the already negative effects of the pandemic on the women in Ondo State.

Lamenting the precarious situation in the state due to menace of the herdsmen, she said many pregnant women labouring at night were forced to deliver at home as a result of fear of kidnappers who might abduct them.

On her part, Chief Mrs Animola frowned at the level of kidnapping in Ondo State, saying the kidnappers must be apprehended and brought to book. ” How could people be so heartless and evil? A lot of people have met their untimely death in the hands of these criminals herdsmen”.

She commended the bold step of the governor for declaring the state forests as no grazing place for the herdsmen.” Most of the kidnappers victim were taken to the forest. With the step taken by Mr governor, if he continues with the struggle, Ondo State will soon be a taboo for the herdsmen”.

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