Cattle colony: Kogi presents 15,000 hectares to FG

Cattle colony: Kogi presents 15,000 hectares to FG

Kogi State Government on Friday signed and presented a letter authorising the Federal Government to begin the proposed cattle colony initiative on 15,000 hectares of land in the state.

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, said the people of his state were 100 per cent in support of the cattle colony programme of the Federal Government, adding that the state was ready to pilot the initiative.

Bello, who presented the authorisation letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in Abuja, also stated that there was no need for anti-open grazing law in the state.

He said the land for the programme was provided by two local government areas in the state and noted that the state government had commenced the process for the payment of compensation to affected individuals.

He said, “We are here in continuation of our efforts as a state to key into the cattle colony programme of the Federal Government which is anchored by this ministry. This is to show our interest and readiness for this programme. The people of Kogi State have accepted this programme 100 per cent.

“We are ready to pilot the programme and our people have been well sensitised about it. We have got 10,000 hectares of land in Ajaokuta LGA and 5,000 hectares in Adavi LGA for this programme and we are here to convey this message in a written letter.”

Bello added, “We are confident that this will add to the economic well-being of our people, for it will accommodate our youths, the Fulani herdsmen and our farmers. We hope that more LGAs will accept this programme.”

On what he thinks about the anti-open grazing law, the governor said, “We don’t need any law to ban open grazing.”

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