The Bayelsa Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday said it has set up a special unit to avert clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
Mr Philip Ayuba, Commandant of the NSCDC in Bayelsa stated this at the launch of the Agro Rangers Unit of the NSCDC at the command headquarters in Yenagoa.
Ayuba explained that the unit is part of the NSCDC’s response to frequent clashes and is aimed at bringing under control the unfortunate clashes, killings and wanton destruction of lives and property in the country.
He said the newly created Agro Rangers Unit is to ensure adequate security of agricultural investments such as farmlands, silos, ranches, livestock, agricultural processing industries and other agro allied infrastructures in the state.
He charged officers and men of the unit to ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
Also speaking, Dr Boma Spero-Jack, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, who represented Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, lauded the NSCDC for launching the unit, describing it as timely.
He noted that the move will encourage investments in agriculture which in turn will boost food security and rapid growth and development in the economy.
Also, newly promoted senior officers of the command were decorated with their new ranks.
Ayuba in his charge to the newly promoted officers urged them to see it as a reward for hard work, noting that to whom much is given much is expected.
The event had in attendance Service Commanders of various security agencies in the state and their representatives among others.