Former Ekiti State Head of Service, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka has requested the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission to support the Public Servants in Agriculture Initiative in Ekiti State.
He spoke at a dinner in honour of retiring Heads of Civil Services of the South West region held at Mahogany Hotel, Jericho in Ibadan, Oyo State last Wednesday.
Faseluka said that the Public Service in Agriculture Initiative was birthed in the Ekiti State Public Service after the State Agricultural Summit in 2016 to enhance food security for public servants while in service and to also expose them to the various opportunities available in the value chain of agriculture, which they could fall back on in retirement.
He noted that the initiative which was widely embraced by public servants in Ekiti State was challenged by finance and the menace of cattle rearers.
He canvassed for the implementation of the Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminant Grazing Law No 4 of 2016 in Ekiti State which has taken care of the socio economic effects of uncontrolled grazing, open and night grazing and rearing of cattles with dangerous weapons.
The former Head of Service pointed out that sister states in the Southwest region and indeed in Nigeria could learn from the Ekiti State anti uncontrolled grazing law.
Responding, the Director General of DAWN Commission, Mr. Seye Oyeleye commended the Public Service In Agriculture Initiative in Ekiti State.
He disclosed that the Governors of the six South West States have floated an Agriculture purpose company for the all round development of Agriculture in the region.
The Director General promised to avail the company with the laudable objectives of the Ekiti Public Service in Agriculture Initiative for possible support.