The Federal Government has proposed N70 million in this year’s budget for Para-military training of 250 personnel, who would rear and care for livestock and cattle at the various ranches in the country. The livestock include ostrich, horses and other species of birds that are commonly found in the seven parks of the National Park Service (NPS). Owners or operators of a ranch are called ranchers, cattlemen or stock growers and their training, according to Conservator General of NPS, Abdullahi Hussein, is expected to cost N280, 000, as against the N1.6 million allegedly requested of them by the Nigerian Army for the training of each of the selected personnel.
He said the service had last year granted similar training to 200 of its personnel for N40 million. Hussein revealed yesterday, while defending the agency’s N3.230 billion in this year’s appropriation and advocating support for enhancing N1.333 billion vote before the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Habitat, in Abuja, chaired by Obinna Chidoka. Hussein said going by the Army’s request, it would have cost the government N400, 000,000 to train the 250 of the officers, who he said would be drawn from NPS. Components of the budgeted sum, he said, include procurement of uniform, footwear, berets and batches for the officers.
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