From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.l
Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has reassured investors of protection of both private and public investments in Bobi Grazing Reserve from bandits and other criminal elements to boost state economy.
He made this known yesterday during a visit with his cabinet members to the grazing reserve located in Mariga/ Mashegu Local Government areas of the state, warning the herders against accepting strangers into their midst.
He said although there is insecurity in the state, the government is on top of suituation to ensure it is totally eradicated, adding that special attention is paid to the grazing reserve because of its economic viability in the state.
“We will do whatever it takes to secure this place. I am committed and determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that investments here are secured both on the government and private sector side.
“There are many rugas in this grazing reserve and we have been talking to them not to allow strangers into their midst. They should not allow people they do not know to join them.
“In all, we are doing our best to protect and secure this entire area and we will get to it.”
Bello expressed confidence that the Bobi Grazing Reserve will work at reducing the farmers-herders conflict and stop herders from moving their cows from one place to the other adding that when completed, the reserve will increase the IGR of the state and create jobs for the unemployed in the state.
The Leader of the Fulanis in the Bobi Grazing Reserve, Malam Ardo Abubakar said that the project will empower 9,000 people and has the ability to generate N9 billion yearly.
He stated that the project will help the herders have healthy cows that will give them more milk and meat and also enrich them while generating revenue for the state government.
Also the Consultant of the Grazing Reserve, Alhaji Abbas Tafida explained to the Governor and members of the Cabinet that currently, the amount being charged by the Reserve to feed a cow is N125 per day while a ram is N10 per day, adding that this would enable the cows to produce 1000 liters worth of milk every day.