- January 12, 2018
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: National News
The federal government has explained the reason for its planned establishment of cattle colonies, saying it is a measure to quickly curb the incessant bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, said this when Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State visited him in Abuja.
The minister noted that the policy would not transfer communal land ownership to herdsmen wherever it was established.
Ogbeh was reacting to fears by some citizens that the policy was an attempt by the federal government to forcibly collect land from citizens and hand them over to herdsmen.
He noted that there was no truth in speculations that the government was conspiring to grant supremacy over communal land to herdsmen.
The minister said the federal government would soon hold a stakeholders’ forum with the herdsmen and other stakeholders on the implementation of the new policy.