Ekiti State Government has suspended Mr Sola Durodola, the Coordinator of Anti-Grazing law indefinitely over his public comment on registration of herdsmen and farmers in the state to stop further clashes.
According to the letter of suspension dated, May 13th, 2019 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, Mr Durodola, is to hand over all government properties in his custody to the Director of Anti –Grazing.
The Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said the suspension is with immediate effect.
Meanwhile,the Ekiti State government has dissociated its self from the news going around, that modalities have been put in place to commence registration of herdsmen in the State.
The Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Values Orientation, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, said the news is fake and irresponsible, and does not represent the plans of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi led administration, neither does it have the approval of the governor.
Olumilua, stated that the investment of the Governor in the security of lives and property in the State since his assumption of office in October 2018, was yielding positive results.
According to him, such news could create unnecessary tension or suspicion among innocent residents of the State. He added that a law regulating activities of herders and farmers was already in place, hence, the need to refute any form of duplicity that could cause confusion.
Olumilua said Ekiti people are known to be peaceful and accommodating, and there is the need to maintain the peace and harmony, saying there is enough room for all to thrive in whatever they choose to do. He however urged the people of the State to continue their legitimate businesses, without any form of apprehension.
The Commissioner has issued a stern warning to all government functionaries, to desist from addressing the press on matters bordering on State policy.
Olumilua, further that the Ministry of Information is the only organ of government with the accreditation, and has the function of disseminating information in this regard.
“All government functionaries serving in all MDAs must seek and obtain clearance from the office of the Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Values Orientation before addressing the press on such sensitive issues. Flouting this directive will warrant unpleasant consequences and sanctions against erring government functionaries”