Oct 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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El-Rufai backs cattle ranching, silent on VAT saga

The governor, speaking with reporters from the National Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abuja, argued that the measure remains the most sustainable means of increasing animal production.

El-Rufai urged those pushing for an immediate ban on open grazing to exercise restraint as time and resources are required to set up ranches across the country.

“We need to move towards ranching. But the move to the ranch cannot be done overnight. We have to have a plan, we have to have resources and we have to implement it in a meaningful way. It’s not about populist legislation or saying this or that tomorrow. It is not a solution, “said El-Rufai.

” We have taken a position as governors of the northern states and are implementing this. And in my state, for example, we’re building a huge ranch to centralize the shepherds. And that’s the solution, a long-term solution. But does it work overnight? No!

“This project that we are doing will cost us about N10 billion. The CBN supports us with around 7.5 billion N. And that takes about two years. We’re going to bring Fulani herders and their families in.

“And I hope they see that there are alternative ways to produce livestock instead of walking up and down and cattle towards people’s farms to cause all sorts of problems. We want to solve the problem.

“It doesn’t help to politicize the situation and pass laws that you know you cannot implement. We. We so have taken a position and are working around the clock to implement that position.

“These shepherds are from the north and we are going to centralize them. We cannot do it overnight. We need billions of naira . This is just a ranch that costs N10 billion. I have 14 grazing reserves in Kaduna State and I want to convert them to ranching. I have 14 times 10 billion naira? I don’t.

“If the federal government gave me Provides N 114 billion, I’ll get the other thirteen convert n to ranches and make sure no one comes out with a cow or sheep in Kaduna state because I have enough ranches to take care of everyone. That is the solution. You can legislate, but let’s wait and see. And I wish you the best of luck. “

Regarding the controversy over the distribution of VAT revenues, El-Rufai said:” We did not comment on the VAT issue in the Nigeria Governors Forum because it is still pending in court . And until the Colonel gives a final opinion on the matter, everything you see today can be changed.

“Even the states that have made laws can be overridden by the Supreme Court. So I don’t want to comment on it. But people think that VAT is a sales tax. It is not.