N6.5bn for Katsina ranches: Ortom accuses Buhari of favouritism


Governor Samuel Ortom said President Muhammadu Buhari is unfair as regards the approval of N6.5bn for Katsina for the establishment of ranches in the state by the federal government.

It came to light that Buhari approved the said sum for the projects in his home-state on Thursday at the commissioning of Zobe Regional Water Scheme with him in attendance.

The State Governor, Aminu Masari made the approval public in the speech he delivered at the occasion where he further revealed that the state was already in receipt of N5bn from the money.

The disclosure was not a good music to Ortom’s ears, who in an interview with newsmen in Abuja did not mince words and hit out at the President accusing him of favouring where he hails from and neglecting others, alleging that Benue was a pacesetter in ranching and deserved similar gesture.

The governor said, “If the President has approved N6.5billion for Katsina state, they should also approve N100billion for Benue state with apology to me because we started it.

“It is hypocrisy for the federal government to approve money for ranching in a state and leave others out. And in fact, the Governor of the (Katsina) state in his remark said N5billion had already been remitted to their coffers. So, I begin to wonder, where are we headed?”

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