Taraba State governor, Mr. Darius Ishaku has denied newspaper publication (not LEADERSHIP) that the state government donated 55, 000 hectares of land to federal government for grazing reserves in the state.
Ishaku, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Jalingo through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Slyvanus Yakubu Giwa said the state was not among the 11 states of the federation that donated 55,000 hectares of land each for the implementation of the federal government programme on grazing reserves.
“The publication in a national daily newspaper of third June, 2016 was credited to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief AuduOgbe that Taraba State was among the 11 states of the federation that donated 55, 000 hectares of land each for the implementation of federal government programme for grazing reserves” he said.
He noted that the 11 states according to the publication include Adamawa, Gombe, Plateau, Kaduna, Kastina, Kano, Taraba, Niger, Sokoto, Jigawa and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, respectively.
He explained that in order to put the records straight, Taraba State government wishes to state that in as much as the state appreciates the need for the creation of conducive environment for all categories of agricultural and pastoral activities, there is need for proper collaboration between states and federal government.
“In this case, there has been no discussion between the Taraba State government and the officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the plan to provide land for grazing reserves,” he added.