Controversial but firm Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi west in the national assembly, has warned against the establishment of cattle colonies in Kogi west, the senatorial district he represents in the national assembly.
In a press statement he personally signed and made available to journalists, Melaye said: “As a true representative of the people of Kogi west senatorial zone and on behalf of my constituents, we warn in strong terms that our soil, land, water and air cannot be used for cattle colonies.
“Let it be clear to all the insensitive people behind the idea that Kogi west will resist the establishment of any cattle colony within our domain politically, spiritually,traditionally and with any means available within the ambit of the law.”
He said the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, may “quickly but strangely meet with the minister of agriculture in order to make our dear confluence state as a pilot state for the proposed cattle colonies in the country.”
His belief that the governor may key in is because money is involved in the deal, noting that “the federal government will definitely make funds available Bello to kick-start the pilot scheme in Kogi state.”
However, he warned that no part of his constituency should be ceded for use for the project, stating that such move will be heavily resisted.