Nigerian govt. gives reason for proposing cattle colonies

Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh

The federal government has explained the reason for its planned establishment of cattle colonies, saying it is a measure to quickly curb the incessant bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, said this when Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State visited him in Abuja.

The Director, Information, Tolu Makinde, said this on Thursday in a statement by Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa.

The minister noted that the policy would not transfer communal land ownership to herdsmen wherever it was established.

Mr. Ogbeh was reacting to fears by some citizens that the policy was an attempt by the federal government to forcibly collect land from citizens and hand them over to herdsmen.

He noted that there was no truth in speculations that the government was conspiring to grant supremacy over communal land to herdsmen.

The minister commended the Plateau State Government for its interests in developing agriculture.

“Cattle colony is not using herdsmen to colonise any state. It is going to be done in partnership with state governments that will like to volunteer land for it.

“The federal government will fund the project and those wishing to benefit from it will pay some fees.

“While ranching is more of an individual venture for the herdsmen and those wishing to invest in the livestock sector, cattle colonies is a larger project where up to 40 ranchers can share same facility that will be provided by the government at a reduced rate.

“Already, 16 states have volunteered land,’’ he said.

The minister said the federal government would soon hold a stakeholders’ forum with the herdsmen and other stakeholders on the implementation of the new policy.

Earlier, Mr. Lalong said that he was at the ministry to understand the new policy.

He said that the state would key into the policy to maintain peace in the state.

“I happen to be one of the persons that keyed into the ranching policy when it was introduced.

‘‘We saw some lands in Plateau and we provided them for the implementation of the policy.

“The introduction of this policy is of interest to us, that is why we are always here.

“We also heard about the introduction of another one, that is the cattle colony and I said let me still come back again. We will also key into this policy,’’ he said.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Mr. Ogbeh had on January 8, disclosed the Federal Government’s plan to establish cattle colonies in the country.

(NAN)


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  • linkhadj.

    Lalong, Lalong, Simon Lalong, how many times did I call you? Anybody who wants to donate land for cattle colony should donate his extended family land and not the people’s land to satisfy some demi-gods who are to be appeased for selfish and personal political gains.

    • Say the truth

      Lalong is a misfit that will even sell his mother to curry the favor of Buhari

  • systematic

    This is what federal gov Suporse to do for the first time not to expect miraculouse

  • obiora

    But what happened to the People Killed and those who killed them, that is the reason why people are having Government. Did State Governors have Land ?.Why will the state Governor Give land that is not their own. Are they going to be Governor forever. Buhari want to fund Colony but He did not want to arrest the Murderers.

  • Say the truth

    “Cattle colony is not using herdsmen to colonise any state. It is going to be done in partnership with state governments that will like to volunteer land for it. “The federal government will fund the project and those wishing to benefit from it will pay some fees.” What has federal government got to do with funding herdsmen. Has federal government ever funded cocoa farmers? What about poultry farmers and other businesses?

  • Mentus

    Are we to understand then that if states do not donate land the herdsmen attacks will continue.
    Mr Ogbe ought to know that good intentions don’t always translate into good outcomes. Fulani people by nature do not share or live with others on equal terms. They have no respect for other people’s rights particularly if you are not one of them.
    You can also not call it ‘Cattle Colonies’ and expect them to have other livestock e.g. pigs and goats sharing facilities with them. They live to subjugate others.
    What happened in one of the outskirts of Abuja ought to teach everybody a lesson. They decided to make one of their own the chief even though they are not the indigenes.
    What you are proposing is a recipe for absolute disaster that will result in loss of even more lives. Please don’t even go there.
    I do hope that these governors that agreed to donate land, including Lalong, consulted their people widely explaining what it is all about before they agreed to give the land.
    The sitting governors must realise they do not have powers to donate lands they do not personally own.