Gov Masari delivers paper on strategies to tackle ‘insecurity’ in Kaduna
The Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has presented a paper on sustainable strategies to mitigate security challenges in Animal production at Shika, Zaria.
Hassan Muhammad Tukur of Government House Press center, Katsina reported that the occasion was 2019 National Animal Production Research Institute -NAPRI open Day held in the premises of the institute.
Alhaji Aminu Masari, however, told the gathering the APC administration was able to adopt practical measures and policies to overcome constraints in sustainable animal production in the face of daunting security challenges.
Right from on set, Governor Masari revealed that all through the campaigns for the creation of Katsina state in the 70s and 80s, an adage “Nagge Dadi Goma” was adopted, which implied that livestock form part of socio-economic aspects of the people.
He recalled that up to 2007, Katsina state was believed to be among the leading top five livestock producers in Nigeria.
However, he said the combined effects of incidences of farmers -herders clashes, cattle rustling, recurring armed banditry, and kidnappings have degraded livestock ownership and production in the state.
Governor Masari said the problem had made even very difficult, if not impossible statistical recording in livestock production in the state.
Thus, he said for over a decade, the livestock sub-sector in Katsina state had suffered serious dislocations with far-reaching socio-economic implications on katsina people.
Governor Masari announced that the livestock sector was and is still influenced by developments in the immediate neighboring Zamfara and Kaduna states as well as the Republic of Niger, which katsina shares an international border stretching over 100 kilometers, cutting across 5 local governments of Zango, Maiaduwa, Mashi, Kaita and Jibiya.
As the security of lives and properties of katsina people was central to APC campaigns, Governor Masari announced several steps taken to intervene in livestock production.
They include,he said establishment of a standing committee on cooperation between farmers and herders, resuscitation of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association of Nigeria, establishment of dialogue and amnesty committee, stock and cattle routes demarcation and beaconing ,bilateral collaboration with neighboring Niger Republic, introduction of Animal identification and management solutions AIMS, provision of infrastructural facilities and security interventions for resuscitation of livestock production in the state.
Alhaji Aminu Masari commended NAPRI Shika Zaria for the collaborative efforts as an active participant in the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes to provide pasture for livestock development in Katsina state.
He said NAPRI had been engaged in 5 hectares rehabilitation at Sukwanawa village in Daura local government area.
In a welcome address, the vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, -ABU Zaria, professor Ibrahim Garba showered encomiums on both Governor Aminu Masari for the continuation of various forms of support to not only NAPRI but other faculties in the institution.
He, however, said faculty of agriculture is the most densely populated in the University.
The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe revealed that the call by president Muhammad Buhari for Nigerians to return to agriculture had been yielding positive results, adding that the nation was spending 1.2 billion dollars to import milk.
Chief Audu Ogbe revealed that 37 percent of Nigerian children are said to be malnourished because of lack of milk, stressing that the situation would make children unable to perform academically.
He said failure to feed a citizen will lead to making his stomach empty thereby sending wrong signals to the brain, which leads to bad ideas that made them commit all forms of crimes.
Some modest achievements, he said had been recorded with 17 millions of Nigerians turn into rice farmers.
He told Ardo Ardo at the gathering that the government had about ten days ago approved for their settlement.
In an address, the Director of NAPRI, Professor C. A. M. Lakpini spoke at length on the achievements of the institute.
Several goodwill messages, especially Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jasper as well as heads of several Agriculture Agencies were delivered on the occasion.
Similarly, dignitaries at the event performed commissioning of the renovated security office, upgraded Horse and camels stables, reconstructed 3.5 kilometers road network, irrigation project sites, newly installed bottled water machines, some agricultural machinery, renovated small Ruminants laboratory complex, milking parlor and NAPRI earth dam.