Bayelsa govt. denies alloting lands for cattle colony
The Bayelsa State Government has flatly denied the claims that the Seriake Dickson administration has allocated over 250 hectares for the Federal Government proposed cattle colony in the state.
The state government explained that though it allocated 250 hectares of land owned by the State Palm Company to private company for an Integrated Cattle Farming Resort and cropping, the land was not for cattle colony being proposed by the Federal government.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Doodie Week, who made this clarification during the on-going presentation of the Dickson administration’s scorecard to mark the 6th year anniversary of the government, declared that the land belonging to the Bayelsa Palm Company was neither sold nor allocated for cattle colony.
In the words of the commissioner, “In 2016, the state government subscribe to the concession of some state assets, Bayelsa Palm company was concessioned to a private company. It was concessioned because it was serving as a conduit pipe, instead of bringing fund to the State government, it was bringing debts. As it is, the state is not giving grants but is now receiving drafts as revenue. And Bayelsa Palm is not a colony but a ranch resort and integrated cattle farms.