Kaduna Reps Member opposes creation of grazing reserve in Southern Kaduna

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By; Amos Tauna, Kaduna.
A Member in the House of Representatives, representing
Kaura constituency of Kaduna State, Honorable Gideon Gwani, has condemned in strong terms and opposed a planned move by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai to create grazing reserves in Southern Kaduna.
Speaking to New Nigerian correspondent, he explained that even though Section 43 of the Nigerian constitution stated that ownership and control of land was vested in the state government, “The land use act chapter 202 laws of the federation  of Nigeria further explained that  land is vested in the government who would hold in trust for the people.
“If that is the case, then the people are major stakeholders in land matters in their territory, hence government needs to consider or take into consideration the interest of the people and their community when it comes to land usage,” he observed.
Hon. Gwani Further maintained that Southern Kaduna people were mainly subsistence farmers and not Cattle rearers, as such, he said that the government should sight programmes according to the peculiarity of each area and not unilaterally where grazing reserves are sighted in the Northern part of the Country.
He maintained that land in the Southern part should be used for large scale mechanized farming instead of causing unnecessary friction between farmers and cattle rearers.
The law maker also sighted insecurity as another challenge for not encouraging grazing reserve in the Southern part of the State.
“As a law maker and a major stakeholder in Kaduna State, I was not consulted by the governor on the issue at stake in order to make my view and that of my people to inform the governor the position of my people,” he lamented.
While assessing his one year in office as a Federal lawmaker, he said, “I have made laws that would better my immediate constituency and the country at large. Within a year, I have sponsored 7 bills on the floor of the House and co-sponsored others among the highest so far in the 8th Assembly.
“Among the bills I have passed, all have past the various stages and are awaiting presidential assent. I have also given employment to some women and youths in my constituency, empowerment projects, community development projects, among many others,” he added.
Gwani added, “I am also constantly in touch with my constituent as a true representative of my people in order to avail myself with the true position of their feelings concerning the situation in the country as it affects them.”

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