The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, unambiguously said on Wednesday that there is no land for ranching in the state, because he believes it is a private business.
Makinde said this to clarify a tweet in which he stated that Oyo State will adopt the National Livestock Transformation Plan which is already being implemented in Kwara State.
The Governor, after a meeting with his Kwara State counterpart, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, had tweeted, “We also agreed that the National Livestock Transformation Plan which is already being implemented in Kwara State would be implemented in Oyo State leading to further collaborations between both states on economy and security.”
His tweet was misconstrued by many as a nod to the implementation of Rural Grazing Area settlements, which had been fiercely opposed by majority of Nigerians.
The governor’s tweet had generated adverse reactions from Twitter users, forcing him to issue a clarification on his decision to implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan.
He therefore made it clear that Oyo State will not implement the whole of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, but only the parts that it finds beneficial.
“My attention has been drawn to this tweet regarding the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan during the joint security meeting, yesterday. For the avoidance of doubt, when I said we would implement the plan, I didn’t mean a wholesale implementation.
“We will be taking aspects which are beneficial for our state. As I have stated on several occasions, our position in Oyo State is that ranching is a private business and should be carried out as such. Our admin won’t be providing land for free to private investors for ranching,” Makinde said.