The immediate past Vice Chancellor Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. (LAUTECH) and Professor of Biogeography and Natural Resource Mamagement, Professor Adeniyi Sulaiman Gbadegesin on Thursday supported the establishment of modern cattle ranches across Nigeria with adequate consultations with land owners.
Professor Gbadegesin stated this while delivering the 460th inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan titled “The Eleventh Commandment: Stewardship for Sustainable Environment in Nigeria
According to Professor Gbadegesin moving cattle about is not beneficial to the cattle, the owner and the general public, saying ranching after consultations with land owners will increase economic benefits derived from the business, increase the value chain, and reduce frequent violent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen.
“There is overuse or improper use of natural resources in many parts of the country, the country is highly detriment to sustainability of environment. The use of grazing lands and water points, damage to downstream areas and indiscriminate felling of trees. I strongly support the establishment of modern cattle ranches across the as practised in other parts of the world provided adequate consultations are made with land owners.” he said
The former Vice Chancellor pointed out that Nigerian environment is not sustainable and that only a well managed environment and natural resources are fundamental to poverty reduction and sustainable development.
The Environmental geographer stressed that “Nigeria’s environment is under threat of drought, floods, erosion and rapid deforestation and inappropriate mining and that government must make sure that there is balance between the needs of the people and the capacity of the capacity of natural resource base to meet those needs.