The proposed multi million naira cattle ranch and the importation of the 2000 Mexican cows of the Akwa Ibom State government may not see the light of the day, investigations have revealed.
Gov Udom Emmanuel of the state had in May 2017 said his administration had concluded plans to start the project stressing that the cow importation was to ensure fresh milk for Akwa Ibom people as against evaporated milk.
According to him, “Fresh milk is more nutritious and will enhance good health and growth among the people of the state. Our consultants are working hard to get the projects started.
“We would import the cows, cause them to be impregnated so that they would mass produce such breed upon arrival in the state instead of relying on the local cows to enable us improve our nutritious value.”
Five years after, the much awaited project is yet to kick off as the governor had made a u-turn to announce during the 32nd anniversary of the state creation that the project may no longer be executed.
He told journalists during a parley that unidentified youths of the host community burnt down the imported grasses meant for the cows.
However, journalists who visited the site found the buildings in a state of disrepair and the burnt grasses have not been replanted.
Indigenes who spoke with journalists disclosed that the few white people who were overseeing initial activities and who were residing at the ranch had left after much frustration.
They said, “Their condition became so bad that they could no longer afford to rent vehicles for their movement as they resorted to using commercial motorcycles for their daily movement.”
Meanwhile, the immediate past Commissioner for Agriculture whose ministry supervised the project when contacted to give more insight about the project could not answer her calls and the current commissioner, Dr Offiong Offor is barely one week in office and do not know about the project.