The Taraba State Government has rejected the plan by the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies in some parts of the country.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Yusufu Akirikwen, told journalists in Jalingo, the State capital on Wednesday, that the state had no land for cattle colonies.
Akirikwen said that the state government had enacted a law for ranching and it must be embraced by the herdsmen and the Federal government.
He said, “The truth of the matter is that the idea of cattle colony is still not very clear to most Nigerians. What is a cattle colony? We have been colonised by the colonial masters and now we will be colonised by cows?
“Where will the Federal Government get the land for cattle colonies? Would it sit there in Abuja and acquire land across the states of federation for cattle colonies?
“We have enacted a law for ranching here in Taraba, but we are not acquiring land for people. People are going to buy land to ranch their animals. Just like farmers buy land to do their farming business.”