Niger State Govt vows to resist any attempt to undermine Bobi Grazing Reserve

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Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello: Committed to actualizing Bobi Grazing Reserve Project

Niger State Government on Monday warned that it will resist any attempt to sabotage the multi-million dollar Bobi Grazing Reserve located in Mariga/Mashegu Local Government Areas of the state.

 A statement signed by Mary Noel-Berge, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of Niger State, said the governor issued the warning when he undertook an inclusive visit to the Reserve on Monday.

According to the statement Gov. Sani Bello acknowledged the increasing cases of armed banditry in some parts of the state, and assured that government will do whatever it takes to secure the place.

He said the state government will not leave sanything to chance as the bandits may be out to undermine the progress that is being made on the over 34, 000 hectares facility.

“Without having to give details, I can assure you that we are committed and determined to put in place high-level security measures that will safeguard both government and private sector investments here,” he stated.

Gov. Sani Bello urged the recognized Fulani communities within the grazing reserve to embrace and key into the Ruga Settlement Programme for their socioeconomic prosperity and in the overall interest of the state.

The governor charged them to be vigilant and security conscious, and to  protect all facilities and equipment in the reserve,  adding that they should be accommodative but cautious in harbouring those he described as  ‘wicked people’ who may be out to disrupt the arrangements.

In a brief address, the Leader of the Fulanis in the Bobi Grazing Reserve, Malam Ardo Abubakar expressed optimism that the project will be a huge success.

“We have witnessed the planting and harvest of the pastures; we have also seen the reality of artificial insemination and cross-breeding, and we are convinced about it potentials as a lucrative and dependable business,” he added.

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