Date: December 10, 2019, 07:42:35 PM
We’ll resist RUGA with our blood, say Akoko communities: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
The South West PDP, through its Publicity Secretary, Ayo Fadaka, said: “The idea that there must be a National Livestock Transformation Plan is not itself a bad one, it is indeed a concept that should have been implemented many decades back.“It is sad enough that the issue of cattle and Fulani have become a sensitive matter in the nation since the inauguration of President Buhari as Commander in Chief since 2015.“If the goal of the project is to create a ranch where indigenes can have active participation in animal husbandry, it is a welcome decision, but if the intent is to import some Fulani and their cattle to Ondo State, it is certainly not a welcome development.“The Livestock project should be under the prerogative of the States and not a Federal project. Therefore, we demand that Livestock project must not under any guise be turned on the long run to a new Fulani Colony in Ondo State.”
However, in a swift reaction, the state government has allayed the fear of the people that the programme was RUGA in disguise.The Senior Special Adviser SSA to the state governor on Agribusiness and Empowerment Akin Olotu, in his reaction, said: “The National livestock transformation plan is not RUGA. It is not about cattle only. It is not about beef only. It is about the holistic development of the sector.“Ondo State is not doing RUGA. We are doing the upscaling of the entire links on the value- chain of the sector, using a PPP approach. Ours include Piggery, Dairy, Beef and goats etc. Who says Yoruba cannot go into the business? Who is saying Christians cannot go into it?