As part of relief funds to banditry affected areas, Katsina State deputy governor and commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu has announced that the federal government has released N6.25 billion for the establishment of cattle ranches in local government areas.
Yakubu made the announcement during the Ranch Stakeholders Development Meeting in Katsina on Monday.
He mentioned the local government areas where grazing reserves would be established to include Jibia, Batsari, Dutsinma, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari and Sabuwa Dandume among others.
According to him, part of the funds would also be used to establish schools, health centres and veterinary clinics in the affected communities.
The commissioner said the state government would commit reputable contractors to conduct the projects.
He added that the federal and the state governments were committed to securing and restoration of peace and stability in the state, especially places affected by banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other criminalities.
“We are therefore soliciting for the support and cooperation of the affected communities to provide suitable sites for the execution of these projects,” Yakubu said.