A House of Representatives member, Gideon Gwani has condemned plans by Governor Nasir El-Rufai for planning to establish grazing reserves in Southern Kaduna.
Gwani who represents the people of Kaura constituency in Kaduna State, said the people of Southern Kaduna are farmers and not cattle rearers.
He also questioned the Governor’s decision to establish a grazing reserve, adding that programs that promote farming should be implemented in the area,
The lawmaker said “If that is the case then the people are major stakeholders in land matters in their territory hence government needs to consider or take into consideration the interest of the people and their community when it comes to land usage.”
Gwani also said though the constitution vested the ownership and control of the land to the state government, the land use act chapter 202 states that the land is held in trust for the people.
He added that “As a lawmaker and a major stakeholder in Kaduna State, I was not consulted by the governor on the issue at stake in order to make my view and that of my people to inform the governor the position of my people.”
The lawmaker also said he was against the establishment of the grazing reserve, because of the threat it poses to the security of the area.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai revealed that the free school feeding program increased enrolment in schools by 60 percent.
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