Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, says the state is embarking on a N10 billion cattle ranch project to centralize all herders in Kaduna.
During a news conference shortly after a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, El-Rufai stated that the project would be completed in two years.
According to the governor, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will provide about N7.5 billion for the project’s success.
The Northern States Governors’ Forum has already concluded that open grazing is not a sustainable livestock production method, but ranching is.
Ranching, however, cannot be accomplished overnight. The plan must be effective, the resources must be available, and the plan must be implemented sensibly. As northern state governors, we have adopted a position and are implementing it.
In my state, for example, we are building a huge ranch to centralize the herders. It’s been a long time since that was the solution. Is it possible to do it overnight? Not at all.
We will spend about N10 billion on this project. We receive about N7.5 billion from the CBN. It will take about two years to complete.
My hope is that the Fulani herdsmen will realize that there are alternative ways of producing livestock instead of running from farm to farm with cattle causing all kinds of problems. Our goal is to solve the problem.
Legislation that you know will not be implemented is completely unhelpful, as is politicizing the issue. Our position has been adopted, and we are working round the clock to implement it.
The herders originate in the north and we are going to centralise them. We cannot accomplish this overnight. There is a need for billions of naira. This is just one ranch that costs N10 billion.
“I have 14 grazing reserves in Kaduna State and I will like to turn them into ranches. Do I have 14 times N10 billion? I don’t have,” the governor said.