The 10-man committee set up by the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to inquire into the immediate and remote causes of the dispute between farmers and land owners in Supare and Oka Akoko today submitted its report having identified mechanism that will amicably resolve the crises and avert reoccurrence.
Speaking while receiving the report, Governor Akeredolu noted with satisfaction the efforts of the committee to achieve amicable resolution of all contending issues which led to the dispute saying he was particularly happy that the committee was able to get the warring factions to reach a compromise to the extent that they were able to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU.
Governor Akeredolu described as a reference point the genuine reconciliation facilitated by the committee which enabled the farmers to recognise the rights of owners of the land and equally agreed to go about their farming activities within stipulated guidelines contained in the signed MoU.
The Governor assured that the recommendations of the committee would be looked into before the final decision of the state government.
He, however, stated that the template for the peaceful resolution of the dispute used by the committee will be encouraged in any similar situation in the state.
“Initially, I thought it was going to be intractable. But from what I can see, you were able to reach compromise among the warring factions (Supare people and the farmers). That they can come to terms and agree to sign Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, is a wonderful thing,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Ade Adeogun, said the report contains the findings and recommendations in line with the terms of reference given to the committee at its inauguration three weeks ago.
The Chairman of the Committee, who is the House of Representatives member representing the Akoko South East/South West Federal Constituency, used the opportunity to appreciate the Governor for the privilege given to the members to serve in the committee.
In a chat with topshotnews, the Secretary of the Committee, Surv. Adigun, the Surveyor General of Ondo State while applauding Mr. Governor for taking proactive step towards finding a lasting solution to the crises which according to him could have degenerated into more serious communal crises thanked most especially, the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Ade Adeogun and other members for making the job easy as not much could have been achieved without their cooperation.
It would be recalled that in a swift response to the outbreak of land dispute between two Akoko communities last month, the Ondo State Government constituted the committee and it was inaugurated by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to inquire into the immediate and remote causes of the dispute with a view to finding a lasting solution and to also assess the level of attendant damage and make recommendations to the State Government.
Membership of the committee included:
i. Hon. Ade Adeogun (Akoko S/W) – Chairman
ii. His Excellency, Alhaji Ali Olanusi (Supare Akoko) – Member
iii. Hon. Kolawole Babatunde (Akoko S/E) – Member
iv. RT. Hon. Victor Olabimtan (Supare Akoko) Member
v. Rtd. Gen. J.O. Olorunfemi (Supare Akoko) – Member
vi. Hon. Gbenga Omole (Oka Akoko) – Member
vii. Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo (SSA Security) – Member
viii. Mr. Felix Alonge (Oka Akoko) – Member
ix. Mr. Clement Dara (Oka Akoko) – Member
x. Surv. S. A. Adigun (Surveyor General) – Secretary