From Francis Nansak, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Chapter of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has supported the establishment of ranches in the state. Musa Saidu, Nasarawa State APGA Chairman, disclosed this in an interview with The AUTHORITY on Tuesday in Lafia.
According to him, establishment of ranches in the state could go a long way in curtailing the incessant crisis between herdsmen and farmers. He added that the traditional rearing method was responsible for most of the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
Saidu,, who urged the state government not to play politics with the security of lives and properties, however condemned the location of all the proposed sites for ranches in only one senatorial zone of the state, stating that rearing of cows is a private business.
He urged that the government should make proper consultants before it takes final decision on the sites for the ranches to avoid crisis.
“Peoples ancestral lands should not be taken forcefully for the purpose of ranches to avoid further crisis.
“Our state is already going through a lot of security challenges, so the government should do everything possible to avoid harsh decision that would create further problem, ” he added.
The AUTHORITY, reports that Governor Umaru Al-Makura has approved the establishment of ranches in seven communities of Awe, Keana, Doma, Assakio, which has attracted reactions by some political leaders.