The Nasarawa State government has expressed support for the ranching policy recently introduced by the Federal Government.
It will be recalled that the FG, after the National Economic Council-NEC meeting on Wednesday, last week, announced that 94 ranches are to be established in 10 states prone to herdsmen/farmers’ clashes.
The project is expected to take off in Benue and Nasarawa States any moment soon.
The Nasarawa State government, in a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi, said it is solidly behind the initiative.
“It would be recalled that, in a bid to find sustainable solution in the recurrent herders/farmers’ conflict In the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria has taken far-reaching measures in this regard, which include reactivation and further development of existing grazing reserves and provision of model ranch across the country.”
“In view of this laudable initiative of the Federal Government, the Nasarawa State government has keyed into the progamme and His Excellency, Umaru Tanko Al-makura, governor of Nasarawa State, has approved the utilisation of all the seven gazetted grazing reserves of the state, located at Awe, Keana, Doma, Assakio, Konva, Gitata and Kurudu for the purpose of the ranching programme In Nasarawa State.
“Consequently, the State Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, affected local government councils and communities where these grazing reserves are located, are not only requested to note this development, but also to accord all the necessary support and cooperation for the successful implementation of the programme in the state.”
“His Excellency, Governor Umaru Al-makura, by this announcement, will wish to affirm that Nasarawa State is completely in support of the federal government’s initiative and our state is willing and available to provide all resources and support to ensure the success of the ranching effort adopted by the Federal government because we see this as an important proactive step towards assuaging and finding a lasting solution to the age-old challenge of farmer-herders’ conflict which has been with us from time immemorial,” he said.