Kwara, Kaduna, 14 others to commence establishment of cattle colonies

Date: 2018-01-23

THE Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said that the establishment of cattle colonies across the 16 states that donated 5000 hectares of land each will commence this week.

The Minister, who disclosed this when he visited the agriculture and veterinary complex of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, stated that states which are not interested in the idea would be exempted.

The 16 states that donated lands for the Cattle colonies includes Adamawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Borno, Jigawa, Yobe, Niger, Kogi, and Kwara state.

Ogbeh, however, denied accusations that the Federal Government Cattle Colony Programme is designed to seize local farm land and hand them over to Fulani herdsmen; saying nothing could be further from the truth.

He said "One of the problems we have today is the conflict between farmers and herdsmen. If we don't deal with it quickly, we run the risk of damaging the harmony and cohesive existence of Nigeria as a country. The killings are getting too much and frequent".

"When we speak of colonies, we are immediately greeted with reactions that this was an attempt to seize Nigerian land, hand them over to Fulani- herdsmen to colonise.

The intention is not for Fulanis or anyone for that matter to colonise any territory.

"It is to provide safe haven for cattle to graze in peace, to prevent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen. If any suspicion does arise, it is unintended and regrettable. We never meant and do not have the intention to seize anyone’s land by force"

The Minister also recalled that early last year, letters were sent to all State governments, asking how many of them are interested in such Programme; of which a large number responded; some saying they have no land to give while 16 affirmed their interest to participate and pledged to make land as much as 5 hectares available.


Click to add/read Comments



Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Abegunde Goke     Bamikole Omishore     Mohammed Yisa     Alfa Modibo Belgore     Florence Saraki     Muftau Akanbi Oke     Mahfouz Adedimeji     Modibbo Kawu     Idris Garuba     Yusuf Olaolu Ali     Jamiu Oyawoye     Patigi Regatta     Al-Ilory     Patience Jonathan     Ahmed Mohammed Rifun     Erin-ile     Obuh     Kwara Liberation Group     Moshood Mustapha     Abubakar Abdulraheem     Ilorin West     UITH     KWIRS     Muhammadu Buhari     Kanu Agabi     Eleyele     Sabo-Oke     Ahmed Idris Mohammed     Ajase-Ipo     Bond     QuickWin     Durosinlohun Atiku     Kayode Oyin-Zubair     Apaokagi     Reuben Paraje     Kulende     College Of Health     Henry Makinwa     Shao     Yakub Lai Gobir     Geri-Alimi Split Diamond Interchange     Iqra Books     Fatai Olodo     Valsolar     Taofeek Sanusi     Sobi FM     Adesoye     Yunus Oniboki     Mamatu Abdullahi     Medview Airlines     Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq     Kwara Hotel     Olatunji Ayeni     Kale Belgore     Okeose Christian Cementary     Onilu     Sidikat Uthman Ajibola     Sam Okaula     Ishola Abdullahi     Ibrahim Labaika     Kwara Coalition Of Business And Professional Associations     Adamu B. Yaqubu     Abdullahi Atanda     Valsolar Consultoria     Bayo Onimago     Modibo Kawu     Owode Market     Yoonus Lawal     Ahmad Uthman     Senate     Bola Sagaya     Olayinka Are     Albert Ogunsola     Diagnostic Centre     Tosin Saraki     Yeketi     Ojuekun Sarumi