Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said that it had allocated a large expanse of land for grazing reserves.
Speaking at ground-breaking ceremony of the Rico Gado Animal Feed Factory in Abuja by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, announced that the FCTA would partner with the company for provision of extension services.
He said: “We already have on ground a massive land earmarked for grazing reserves. We are ready to partner with your group to bring you in so that you can meet with some of the people there and provide extension services to them.
The minister assured that the people of Abuja would give all the support to make sure that the company “becomes a reality.”
“Your Excellency, our appeal to you is that as you are still doing in Yola and in so many other areas, the Rico Gardo factory will be a source of benefit and prosperity to the community around here. And this can be done in the employment that you are going to generate, the social services that we know you will always need, and above all providing a window for people around this area to be professionally trained.
“I want to assure you that what you are doing is in tandem with the objectives of this administration which are creating economic development for employment, improve on agriculture so that we have food security, and above all providing prosperity to the people and I believe all these will be included in your objectives for this place.”
While performing the ground-breaking, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the nation must protect its local industries, adding that free trade and globalisation needed the capacity to compete, “an opportunity Nigeria has never had.
“We will have to defend local industries. In the preaching of free trade and globalisation, Nigerian economy got to where it is today because we have been practicing ill digested economic theories.”