Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, the deputy governor of Katsina State, claims that the federal government has granted N6.25 billion for the construction of cattle ranches in local government areas of the state that have experienced banditry.
This information was revealed by Yakubu, who is also the commissioner for agriculture and rural development, on Monday during the Ranch Stakeholders Development Meeting in Katsina.
He included Jibia, Batsari, Dutsinma, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, and Sabuwa Dandume among additional frontline local government areas where grazing reserves would be formed.
In the impacted villages, he said, a portion of the funding would be utilized to build schools, health facilities, and veterinary clinics.
The deputy governor said that the state government would engage reputable contractors to handle the projects.
He said the federal and the state governments were determined to ensure that peace and stability were restored in areas affected by banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other criminalities.
“We are therefore soliciting for the support and cooperation of the affected communities to provide suitable sites for the execution of these projects,” Yakubu said.(NAN)