House calls for supplementary budget for cattle colony

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


The House of Representatives has called on the executive arm of government to submit a supplementary budget for the development of Cattle Colonies in States that have agreed to provide land for the project.

This was part of the resolutions adopted on a motion under matters of urgent public importance on the need to rescind the National Security Council on the matter.

Presenting the motion, Mr. John Dyegh from Benue State expressed concern that clashes between herdsmen and farmers has been on the increase in the past seven years, despite the efforts being made.

“The herdsmen crises in Nigeria predate the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

For the past over seven years, the clashes between herdsmen and farmers has been on the increase with so many lives lost, farmlands and villages overtaken and resultant effect of farmers abandoning their ancestral homes.” Mr. Dyegh emphasized.

The House also urged the National Security Council to rescind its decision calling on States to suspend Anti-Open Grazing Law.

It also invited the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali to appear before the House on Thursday for interaction on the issue.

Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture has reported that eleven States have agreed to donate enough land for the government Cattle Colony Policy, as part of measures to end the farmers’ – herdsmen conflict in the country.