As part of the effort of the Osun State government to reduce the cost of rams during the forthcoming Eid-ed-Kabir festival for the people of the state, it has flagged off the sale of rams at affordable prices to the people.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola flagged off the sales of rams for Eid-id-Kabir festival at Oloba Farm Settlement located in Iwo. Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, Governor Aregbesola said that the gesture was part of his administration’s efforts to make life more meaningful for the people of the state.
He explained that the sales of rams and cows at the Oloba Farm Settlement was not only for Muslims but for all citizens, adding that his administration embarked on the rearing of rams and cows since 2012 at the location to capture at least 10 percent of the meat consumption of Lagos State after meeting the local needs of meat and boost the state economy.
Governor Aregbesola noted that his government would not leave any stone unturned at ensuring adequate food security for the people, explaining that the gesture was part of his government’s Six Point Integral Action Plan aimed at transforming the state. According to him, “In Lagos alone, at least 6,000 cattle are slaughtered every day and at every Ileya, thousands of rams are killed in celebration of Eid Malud.
If we can plug effectively into this, we will provide at least 5,000 direct jobs and five times more indirectly through animal husbandry and allied industries. “This Oloba Cattle Ranch and the others that are being developed in the state will be managed by private sector operators in a public private partnership with the state government.
These operators will be responsible for administering the ranch, ensuring security of property and cattle, and will collect and remit fees on behalf of government. “The role of government is to develop the road, power and water infrastructure required on the ranches, while the general public in Osun will be able to lease space to feed and keep their cattle until they are ready for the market.”