Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has said that the state will not release any part of its land for ranching by herders.
According to Makinde, he believes cattle breeding is a private business, noting that his government will only consider taking actions that are beneficial for the state.
The governor stated this while giving clarification to a tweet in which he revealed that Oyo State will adopt the National Livestock Transformation Plan which is already being implemented in Kwara State.
Makinde who met earlier with his Kwara State counterpart, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, said they agreed during their meeting that the National Livestock Transformation Plan which is already being implemented in Kwara would also be implemented in Oyo State ‘leading to further collaborations between both states on economy and security.’
The governor’s tweet was, however, misinterpreted by some persons to mean an implementation of Rural Grazing Area settlements which many Nigerians had condemned on several occasions.
Makinde’s clarification was a reaction to a tweet by one @olufunkeajibul1 who said on the bird app that she hopes the “National Livestock Transformation Plan is not the same RUGA. If yes, Mr Governor please tread with caution. But no, please fire on all salvos.”
Also, another netizen [@Itee_esq] had tweeted saying: “Your Excellency Sir, hope you are not bringing RUGA to Oyo State through the back door.”
On his part, @Carol-Ukoha also said, “They changed RUGA to National Livestock Transformation Plan, can’t you read between the lines? I hope you have a rethink. You cannot afford to fail your people. This decision is unintelligent please.”
The tweets, however, caught Governor Makinde’s attention and he took out time to explain in details what he meant by the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan.
According to him, “the state will not implement the whole of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, only the aspects it finds beneficial.
Makinde said, “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 didn’t 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 won’t be providing land for free to private investors for ranching.”