Delta Govt Rejects Establishment Of Cattle Colonies
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has rejected the establishment of cattle colonies in their states.
Recall that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, had said the establishment of cattle colonies would solve the incessant herdsmen-farmers conflict in parts of the country.
However, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, Okowa said that his state was in need of land and did not have any to be donated to government proposed for cattle colonies.
“Delta State is possibly half of water, half of land. So, obviously we are in dear need of land. We don’t have land for that purpose [cattle colonies]. It is a growing state and because of the very coastal areas, and most of these coastal areas are not in the best of shape because of the exploitation of oil, most of our lands are destroyed and we don’t have enough arable land; and the pressure is now coming because we are encouraging our people to go to the farm. In the past, it was a rent economy; people were actually looking for the money that comes in from oil and subsidiaries of the crude oil economy.
“But now it is not exactly the same; so we are trying to encourage people to go back to the land. We do not even have enough of it because, beyond the waters, most of the creeks and even a lot of land we have within the upland area are encumbered because of oil exploration and oil spillages that have taken place in the last several years. So, we won’t have land at all in Delta State, obviously not for cattle colonies.”