The apex students body in Ibarapa, Federation of Ibarapa Students Association urged the Oyo state government to stay away from Ibarapa land for the proposed farm settlement.
Oyo state is said to be among the 16 states the Federal Government reportedly designated for the controversial cattle ranching.
In a statement signed by Ayandele Ayobami Ayuba, Fibsa National President and made available to insideoyo.com, the student body urged the state government to reverse the decision of using Ibarapa Land as Cattle ranch or the so called farm settlement.
“We want Oyo State Government to reverse the decision of using Ibarapa Land as Cattle ranch or the so called farm settlement. The government needs to dialogue with the legitimate stakeholders of our community and put the interest of our people first in any of its doings.”
“Ibarapa Land do not need Cattle ranch, we only need good infrastructure and basic amenities that will promote our zone, not the one that will destroy the peace in our Land.”
Meanwhile, the Oyo State government had said it has not taken any position on cattle ranching.
The government said it was awaiting the modalities the Federal Government would adopt to handle the matter.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Oyewole Oyewumi, revealed this recently in Ibadan, the state capital, after a meeting with a team from the World Bank who was seeking collaborations on livestock development.
Oyewumi said the existing Land Use Act of 1976 had not been amended to accommodate ranching.