Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said prior to this time, he had warned the state governors against refusing to build cattle ranches across the federation.
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Ogbeh while lamenting during a programme on Channels TV, on the state governors refusal to partner with the federal government to build cattle ranches added that two years back when he assumed office, he advised the state executive governors to give room for cattle ranches to avert herdsmen crisis.
Cattle Ranches Is The Way Out To Herdsmen Crisis- Minister Ogbeh
On Wednesday, February 8, the minister said despite the negative reactions from state governors, building cattle ranches for the breeders is the best way to prevent incessant and violent clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
He said: “It’s very nice to say ranches won’t work, they won’t work because they were not well managed. It’s not enough to cut out an area and say it’s a grazing reserve – grow the grass.” On the causes of the clashes, the Minister said: “Two years ago when I came into the Ministry, I wrote to all the state governors saying, ‘we face danger and this crisis can only get worse if we do nothing’.
“Can we have some lands in your state where we create large reserves of ranches to keep these cattle and give them the grass, the water, and the medications they need? Some replied positively, and some said no.”
The minister said the incessant/lingering crisis by herdsmen was due to poor handling of the matter by some state governors.
According to previous report, Nigeria news reported that Benue governor accused IGP Idris of playing politics with the herdsmen crisis.