Daily Trust

‘N6.25bn Katsina ranching end-game to herders/farmers clashes’

- By Muideen Olaniyi

The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, Sunday described the flag-off of the N6.25 billion Katsina ranch as the end-game for the incessant herders/farmers clashes in Nigeria.

Okechukwu, while speaking with journalist­s in Abuja said the flag-off was the most important news event last week that trended in the media contrary to most headlines on the electronic transmissi­on of election results by the Independen­t National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the most important event of the week.



surprise that the issue didn’t get the prominence it deserved.

Daily Trust reports that on the occasion of the visit of President Buhari to Katsina on Thursday, 16 July, 2021, Governor Aminu Masari announced that the Federal Government had approved N6.52 billion for ranch developmen­t in the state, and disclosed that N5 billion of the amount had already been paid into the state government’s account.

“This is the first direct interventi­on through the state government with regard to Federal Government’s ranch developmen­t initiative,” governor Masari added.

Okechukwu, speaking on the reason why he rated ranch developmen­t as more important than the transmissi­on of election results electronic­ally said it was because of the harm posed by the herders/ farmers clashes to the corporate existence of the country that Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President and the Governors of the 36 states under the National Economic Council (NEC) came up in 2018 with the blueprint of the National Livestock Transforma­tion Plan (NLTP) as a panacea.

While urging President Buhari to fast-forward Ranch Developmen­t nationwide, Okechukwu said: “The Katsina Ranch is a poster boy of the National Livestock Transforma­tion Plan, good news and we need more urgently.”

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