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Edo governor meets Buhari, seeks funding for ranches

Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja yesterday to request assistance for persons interested in establishing ranches in the state.

After their discussion, Obaseki told reporters that while most states in the South had implemented anti-opening grazing prohibition legislation as agreed, Edo had yet to do so because the government needed to make sure it could enforce the law.

Obaseki said he told President Buhari that the people of Edo have decided that ranching should be a private company, but that because it is a costly venture, the Federal Government could give funding for interested persons under the auspices of the Nati.

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He said he also discussed the indebtedness of federal agencies to the state and requested President Buhari’s intervention.

“I informed him about some amounts of money some federal agencies were owing the Edo State Government and he promised to address them to ensure that the sums of money are paid. Those were the things I came to discuss with the President,” he said.

Further, he said “he also commended President Buhari for his intervention in the effort to retrieved Edo artifacts from Europe and other countries, assuring him that the state would continue to support his administration.

BESIDES, the Edo State Government said it was committed to offsetting pensioners’ gratuities despite the impact of COVID-19 and falling crude prices on government revenues.”

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