Taraba State Government yesterday rejected the proposal from the federal government to establish cattle colonies across states of the federation.
This was disclosed by the Taraba State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Yusufu Akirikwen, who said that Taraba state has no land for Cattle Colonies as proposed by the Federal Government.
The attorney-general spoke to pressmen yesterday in the state capital, Jalingo, that the state government had enacted a law for the establishment of ranches which would come into effect on Jan 24.
He called on the Federal Government to support the state in implementing the law, describing it as the best for cattle rearing globally.
“The truth of the matter is that the idea of cattle colony is still not very clear for most Nigerians.
“Where would the Federal Government get land for cattle colonies?
“Would they sit there in Abuja and acquire land across the states of the federation for cattle colonies?
“We have enacted a law for ranching here in Taraba State, but we are not acquiring land for people; herdsmen and cattle owners are going to buy land and do their ranching business,’’ he said.
Akirikwen further appealed to the Federal Government to deploy enough security operatives to the state to complement the implementation mechanism setup by the state government at various levels for the smooth take off of the law in the state.