Open Grazing: Katsina Gov, Rada Sends Key Message To Colleagues, FG: "We Must Embrace Ranching"

Open Grazing: Katsina Gov, Rada Sends Key Message To Colleagues, FG: "We Must Embrace Ranching"

  • Governor Dikko Radda of Katsina state has emphasised the need for a transition to ranching as a more sustainable and profitable alternative to open grazing
  • Governor Radda noted that over 90% of Katsina's land is still being cultivated despite security challenges affecting the state
  • Legit.ng reports that the governor criticised the one-size-fits-all approach to minimum wage in Nigeria

Katsina state- The Katsina state governor, Dikko Radda, has called for a shift towards ranching as a more sustainable and profitable alternative to open grazing, amid the region's ongoing insecurity and agricultural challenges.

Legit.ng recalls that the bill seeking to ban open grazing and establish ranches for herders in the country has passed a second reading at the Senate.

Gov Rada calls for ranching over open grazing
Gov Rada calls for ranching over open grazing Photo credit: Dikko Rada
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The bill was passed on Wednesday, June 5, during the plenary after a majority of the senators supported it when the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, put it to vote.

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Ranching potential benefits to the national economy

As reported by TVC News, on its programme, Politics on Sunday, the governor emphasised the benefits of ranching, saying:

"There is a need for us to encourage ranching. I'm not supporting or opposing, but I'm saying there is a need for us to embrace ranching because it is more profitable."

Rada added that ranching offers value addition and is more secure compared to open grazing, which often leads to conflicts, as reported by Vanguard.

Radda stressed the importance of a gradual transition, advocating for sensitisation and encouragement for people to adopt ranching practices.

He explained:

"We can't take the herders off the streets just in a very short time. We need to give time for people to be enlightened.

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"There'll be a lot of sensitization and encouragement for people to go into ranching because it is more profitable and more secure."

Insecurity: Over 90% of Katsina land cultivated

Despite significant security issues, Governor Radda highlighted that a substantial portion of land in Katsina is still being actively farmed.

He said:

"I'm telling you, 90% of the lands in Katsina are being cultivated despite the insecurity. There has been production in many areas affected by insecurity."

However, the Katsina state governor acknowledged the vulnerability of farms located near forests, which are hard to reach and control.

Rada reacts to minimum wage deadlock

On the issue of minimum wage, Governor Radda also discussed the financial constraints facing Katsina State, contrasting its economic situation with more affluent states like Lagos.

He said:

"My monthly allocation has not exceeded 10 billion Naira. When you look at the wage bill, pensions, and overhead costs, it takes over 50% of what we collect."

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Rada pointed out the disparity in revenue generation between states, emphasizing the need for tailored economic policies.

Radda criticised the one-size-fits-all approach to minimum wage in Nigeria, suggesting that each state should set wages based on its economic capabilities.

He said:

"It is only in Nigeria that we have one single minimum wage for laborers across all states. In other countries, different states have different minimum wages based on sustainability and affordability.
"What is the need for the state government to agree to pay 100,000 Naira if they can't implement it?"

Rada's achievements in 1 year

On some of the achievements he has made since one year as governor in Katsina, the governor said insecurity has been greatly managed with the introduction of Katsina state community watch, which was enacted by the national assembly.

He noted that the initiative also received support from relevant security agencies which helped in managing the security situation of the state.

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Among other things, the governor, while reeling out his accomplishments on the state’s educational reforms, said:

“We have done a great thing in education. As I said, insecurity has also increased the number of out-of-school children.
“But, what I able to do now is we are putting more infrastructures on ground, then by putting more infrastructure on the ground and what I did when I came into office in the next in the first six months of my administration was to recruit 7, 325 teachers and this recruitment exercise took place on a merit base.”

Bandits kill military commander in Katsina

In another report, Some bandits have reportedly attacked an army camp at Sabon Garin Dan’Ali, in Danmusa local government area of Katsina state and killed a military commander in an ambush.

According to sources, the attack happened on Thursday evening, April 25, and the corpse of the victim, a victim in the army, was reportedly deposited at a hospital in Katsina.

Source: Legit.ng

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