From Mathew Jwantu, Minna
The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello says he will secure the Bobi Grazing Reserve in the State from bandits and other criminal elements.
The Governor, during a visit with his Cabinet members to the grazing reserve in Mariga/Mashegu Local Government areas of the state warned herders occupying it against accepting strangers into the facility.
He said although there is insecurity in the State, attention is paid to the grazing reserve because of its economic value.
“We will do whatever it takes to secure this place. I am committed and determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that investments here are secured both on the government and private sector side.
“There are many rugas in this grazing reserve and we have been talking to them not to allow strangers into their midst. They should not allow people they do not know to join them.
“In all, we are doing our best to protect and secure this entire area and we will get to it.”
The Governor expressed optimism that the Bobi Grazing Reserve will reduce farmer-herder conflicts.
When completed, the reserve, according to the Governor, will increase the revenue of the state and create jobs.
The Leader of the herders in the Bobi Grazing Reserve, Ardo Abubakar said the project will employ 9,000 citizens and generate N9billion yearly.
He added that the reserve will help the herders to keep healthy animals for better yield.