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PDP to Al-Makura: Site cattle ranches in your village

Umar Muhammed, Lafia

The Peoples Democratic Party in Nasarawa State has advised Governor Tanko Al-Makura to site some of the proposed ranches in the state in his Kwandera village in the Lafia East Local Government Area.

The Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Francis Orugu, faulted the alleged plan to site four out of seven proposed ranches in the state in Alogo communities in the Southern Senatorial Zone.

Orugu said this in an interview with our correspondent in Lafia on Thursday.

He accused Al-Makura of siting important developmental projects in his own village, Kwandera, but proposing to set up four cattle ranches in the Alogo communities of Doma, Keana, Assakio and Awe.

“The governor sited an airport, a comprehensive primary health care centre, EFCC office, Federal Girls College, and housing estate,  among others,  in his village,” Orugu fumed.

He, however, maintained that with the current alliance between the PDP and other political parties, Al-Makura’s APC would be sent packing from Nasarawa State in 2019.

He admonished PDP supporters in the state to continue to be law-abiding as the party prepared for the 2019 election.

But a former clerk of the Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Mr Joseph Moses-Onukwu, maintained that building of cattle ranches would not cause a war.

Rather, Moses-Onukwu said, the cattle ranches would bring a permanent solution to the persistent clashes between Fulani herders and Tiv farmers in the state.

He said, “The establishment of cattle ranches will bring a lasting solution across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.”

According to him, before now the Fulani herders and farmers have been living together in peace as one family, adding that the persistent crisis between Fulani herders and Tiv farmers has a political undertone.

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