The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said those who are referred to as bandits in Zamfara are actually terrorists.
Akeredolu said this on Tuesday while receiving members of the Governing Board of the Federal University of Technology, Akure led by the Chairman, Ambassador Dr. Godknows Boladie Igali; and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape; at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde, in a statement said the Governor emphasised the need to make the country livable for the people so as to harness their talents for national growth.
Speaking on the growth of Science and Technology in the country, Akeredolu said, “For us in science and technology, we need to do more. Japanese, Chinese and other developed countries send people to where science is the best. We have heard of countries that send their people to the USA to train on Science and Technology.
“They didn’t stay there. They went back to their country to develop it. Commitment to one’s country is key. But we need to make this country a livable place so that the young ones will be confident and have hope to live in this country.”
The Governor, who stressed that the people are living in fear, noted that something must be done urgently to address the situation and restore hope to the minds of the people.
“Look at what is happening in Zamfara. They try to clothe it and call them bandits. They are terrorists. So, the growth in science can not be based on just your charge but the conducive environment in the country,” he said.
Akeredolu emphasised the need for the country to embrace modern ways of animal husbandry, describing open grazing as old and now illegal in the state.
He said, “Today, I can say there are modern ways of animal husbandry and we have to take the bull by the horns. We are not afraid to take decisions. Modernity has taught us that you can extract more milk from cows in a modern way better than when you take them from one place to another. It is about science. People have developed that science.
“I’m happy when I see Mr President go to Katsina and visit his cows. They are well kept. Technology of animal husbandry, we must embrace it.”