The Soba Local Government Council of Kaduna State has distributed 15 donkeys to some residents of the area to enhance their economic and agricultural activities.
Muhammad Aliyu, the Chairman of the council, distributed the donkeys to the beneficiaries on Wednesday in Soba.
Recall that on May 21, Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i had directed that dozens of the donkeys, which were seized from illegal traders at the Kagarko forest, be distributed to six local governments in the state.
The six beneficiary local governments are Igabi, Zaria, Soba, Kubau, Giwa and Kudan.
Aliyu said since the distribution of the donkeys by the state government, the council received many requests from interested members and groups for the donkeys, hence the distribution to some residents.
The chairman said the gesture was from the state governor to assist the rural communities with the easiest means of transportation at the grassroots, noting that donkeys are now very costly.
According to Aliyu, a full grown donkey cost between N100,000 and N120,000.
He implored the beneficiaries to make effective use of the animals for better agricultural and economic activities.
”Use of donkeys as a transportation alternative particularly during this rainy season is very important.
“Where vehicles cannot reach, donkeys can easily reach and they will serve the purpose they are meant for,’’ the council chairman said.
The beneficiaries expressed their happiness over the gesture and assured that they would use the donkeys accordingly.
NAN recalls that on Feb. 16, 2018, El-Rufa’i signed the Donkey Slaughtering, Consumption and Transportation (Prohibition) Law 2018.
The law prohibits unlawful slaughter, killing and sale of donkeys within the state.
It also prohibits movement of donkeys for the purpose of slaughtering for human consumption within the state, among others.