Alhaji Muhammad Aliyu, Chairman, Soba Local Government area, Kaduna State, on Wednesday distributed 15 donkeys to some residents of the council area to enhance their economic and agricultural activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna on May 21, directed that dozens of the donkeys, which were seized from illegal traders at the Kagarko forest, to six local governments in the state be distributed to six local governments.
The six beneficiary local governments are Igaabi, Zaria, Soba, Kubau, Giwa and Kudan local governments.
Aliyu said since the distribution of the donkeys by the state government, the local government 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, stressing that donkeys were now very costly.
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 of the local government authorities that they would use the donkeys accordingly.
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.