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Lawmaker Urges Caution Over Cattle Colony in Kogi



Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Capital Market and Institutions, Hon Tajudeen Yusuf has pleaded with the kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello to tread cautiously and avoid taking unilateral decisions over adoption of the proposed cattle colony by the Federal Government.

Yusuf who represents Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency of the state urged the Governor to ensure adequate consultation on the matter.

“This is beyond politics, I plead with our Governor to please make adequate consultations because traditional rulers are not bonafide owners of land in communities in most, if not all communities across Kogi State,” he stated.

According to Yussuff, several groups and individuals, including members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state may turn it into a combustible issue as they are already mobilising to ensure a strong perception of the governor’s moves on the cattle colony initiative as a colossal unilateral and insensitive decision.

Yussuff also noted that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wiould not support concession of any community’s land for the cattle colony initiative.

According to him, the PDP is the only hope for ensuring justice for all those unjustifiably affected by the ongoing sack of workers by the Kogi state government.

He however emphasised that instead of despairing, many victims of Kogi State Government’s recent sack may still hope for a better future as the next PDP administration in the state is bound to revisit all genuine cases.

“In 2016, many voters in Kogi State made the mistake of voting for ‘change’ but they now feel gravely shortchanged; we sympathize with many people in the state going through various ordeals, including the recent sack of their family members.

“Without the absolutely stupendous billions of Paris Club refund, bailout and federal statutory allocations now coming into Kogi from Abuja, the previous PDP administrations in Kogi State were paying workers’ salaries,” he stated