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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Friday12 January, 2017.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau says his administration will not enact the controversial anti-grazing law in the state, as grazing areas for cattle ranching have yet to be developed.


 
The governor said this on Thursday when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Lalong said that he had earlier advised the governors of Taraba and Benue against implementing the anti-grazing law in their respective states, even though ranching remained the only way to guarantee peaceful farmers-herdsmen coexistence in the country.

“When the governor of Benue was doing the law, I told him: `Just be careful, take other steps before you start implementation’.

“But he said that states are different, that his own concept is different and for us in Plateau, it is different. I said I will not do the law before the implementation of certain things.


 
“I have not seen rangers; I have not yet developed the ranching areas. So, I cannot go and say I put up a law to stop who? If I stop people (herdsmen), what is the alternative?’’ he asked.

On the concept of cattle colonies, being advocated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Lalong said that he had been convinced of the usefulness of the concept by the ministry.

He said that the state government had already earmarked two large areas as sites for the grazing of domestic animals in the state.

He, therefore, expressed the hope that the creation of cattle colonies would check the persistent farmers-herdsmen conflicts across the country.

On the forthcoming local government elections in Plateau, the governor pledged that his administration would not interfere in the conduct of party primaries so as to ensure free and fair elections.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has again rejected the suggestion that the state should create Cattle Colony or Grazing Routes for herdsmen.


 
He said the suggestions were not acceptable to the Benue people.

Ortom stated this on Thursday in Makurdi in a service to mark the mass burial of the victims of the herdsmen invasion.

He had stated this position on Wednesday at a stakeholders meeting attended by the Inspector General of Police. Idris Ibrahim.

On Thursday, he said since the state did not even have adequate land for farmers, it did not have the space to give herdsmen for grazing.


 
He insisted on ranching, saying “it is the best way to go and it is in conformity with global best practices”.

Ortom said that if the recent killings by herdsmen were meant to intimidate the state government to repeal the law, the herdsmen had failed woefully.

He also blamed the killings of Benue indigenes on the silence of the Federal Government and others responsible for the security of lives and property, an accusation he also made on Wednesday.

Ortom lamented that if the Federal Government had acted on the reports he gave it concerning the threats of attacks by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the killings would have been averted.

He urged the Federal Government to arrest the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore because they had severally made inciting statements against the state.

He, therefore, stated that the recent killings were a pointer to the fact that they had threatened and executed their devilish threats.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018

The plans by the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies across the country is gaining more support as state governors are trooping into Abuja to declared an interest in participating in the implementation of the cattle colony policy.

In less than two days, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh received the governors of Kogi and Plateau states in his office to discuss on how to implement the cattle colony policy in their States.
During the visit, Chief Ogbeh explained that “there are areas carved out for different species of animal whether by nature or by human design. That is found in a large community sharing the same terrain. You can refer to them as a colony. We have big colonies in certain areas. If you go to the West Indies, crocodiles and alligators are bred in colonies where they harvest them for shoes and belts and ladies’ handbags. So, a colony is a much bigger thing than a ranch. They are basically about the same kind of thing.
“We are talking of colonies because 20, 30, or 40 ranchers can share the same colony. A ranch is usually owned by an individual or a company with sometimes very few. Some have more than 200 or 300 cows. In a cattle colony, you could find thirty thousand cows owned by different owners.
“The reason we are designing the colony is that we want to prepare on a large scale, on the economy of scale, a place where many owners of cattle can co-exist, be fed well because we can make their feeds. They can get good water to drink. Cows drink a lot of water. We can give them green fodder.
Explaining further, the Minister said “a team from ABU Zaria was here and one of the professors there produces cattle feed seed. The different kind of seed will go for cattle. We’ll grow this on a large scale, harvest and feed the cows. We’ll give them veterinary services and, above all, protect the cows against rustlers. By a special design, we have to make sure that rustlers can’t cross into the ranches and steal cows and walk away.
“That’s what we mean. We think that between governments, it’s cheaper to do this for herdsmen and others who want to rear cattle than for individuals to go and invest money because we know many farmers have difficulties raising bank loans. So between the ranch and the colony, it’s simply a definition of size and scope.
“Now, (the Plateau State governor) has started and the smaller ranches are working in Plateau. We intend to lend a hand to Plateau and the sixteen other states which have expressed interest in helping them to develop their colonies”.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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