Katung Sunday Marshall, the Honorable member of the House of Representatives representing the Zangon Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency has declared categorically that Southern Kaduna region would play no part in supporting the establishment of cattle colonies in the region.
The Federal Government has implemented a Federal Government Cattle Colony Program that implored state governments to donate available pieces of land to be used to establish cattle colonies. Kaduna State Government has signified a desire to donate 5000 hectares of land to the successful implementation of the program.
This is an attempt by the Muhammadu Buhari led administration to reduce the violent clashes that have occurred between the herdsmen and farmers. Rep. Katung released an official statement from his office to address the decision of the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai to donate land mass to the implementation of the programme.
“Let me use this medium to inform the federal and the Kaduna state governments that my constituent and the entire people of southern Kaduna have rejected the idea of establishing cattle colony in our area” Rep. Katung began
“We are of the firm belief that cattle-rearing is a private business, just like poultry, fishery and piggery business. Having consulted with my constituents, whom I represent, we are of the opinion that confiscating land for cattle colony I not in tandem with the Land Use Act which posits that government can only take over land for the overriding public interest”
“We therefore admonish in strong terms that our soil, land, water and air should not be used for cattle colonies. Cattle-rearers should be encouraged to acquire land for their business and not the government using force to collect our ancestral land to give to the nomads. It has been widely reported that Kaduna State is among the 16 states that have embraced the idea of cattle colonies,” Katung continued.
“While we have no objection with the decision of the governor, we hasten to state that this business is not the choosing of our people nor in their best interest arising from the frequent clashes and subsequent loss of lives of our people by the practitioners of this trade”
Hence, it is our considered opinion that this business and the said colonies be restricted to the confines of the practitioners in the interest of equity and peaceful co=existence. While our people are not supportive of the establishment of cattle colonies which is an alien trade, their known vocation and trade is farming and piggery” Katung explained
“As a representative of the people and on behalf of my constituents, we admonish in strong terms that our soil, land, water and air should not be used for cattle colonies. Our people have therefore vowed to resist the establishment of any cattle colony within our domain and will employ any peaceful means to resist it” Katung declared
“However, if the executive governor in pursuit of his oath of office wants to equitable balance matters, he may well establish a cattle colony in the northern part of the state and a piggery colony in the southern part knowing that our commonwealth and resources would necessarily be deployed towards such a venture. Anything contrary will be viewed as an attempt to provoke and destabilize the peace of southern Kaduna,” Katung concluded