The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has made it crystal clear, that his administration will not provide lands for free for the Fulani herdsmen for ranching in the State, arguing that ranching is a private business, .
He said this to clarify a tweet in which he revealed that Oyo State will adopt the National Livestock Transformation Plan, which is already being implemented in Kwara State.
Governor Makinde, after a meeting with the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, had stated on Twitter: “We also agreed that the National Livestock Transformation Plan, which is already being implemented in Kwara State, would be implemented in Oyo State, leading to further collaborations between both States, on economy and security.”
His tweet was however, misconstrued by many Nigerians on Twitter, which made the Oyo State Governor to quickly come out to clarify what exactly he meant, and his stance on ranching.
According to him, the State will not implement the whole of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, only the aspects it finds beneficial.
Governor Makinde clarified: “My attention has been drawn to this tweet regarding the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, during the Joint Security meeting, yesterday. For the avoidance of doubt, when I said we would implement the plan, I did not mean a wholesale implementation.
“We will be taking aspects which are beneficial for our State. As I have stated on several occasions, our position in Oyo State, is that ranching is a private business, and should be carried out as such. Our admin will not be providing land for free to private investors for ranching.”
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