-No land for ranching, South-East Govs. tell FG
YBTC News-Governors of the South-east zone yesterday said that the zone would not donate any land for the purpose of cattle ranching.
The governors also reiterated their earlier stand that restructuring remained the only way forward for Nigeria.
In a four-hour closed door meeting at the Government House in Enugu, the Enugu State capital, the governors stated that they had noted the increased challenges in the movement of herdsmen from one state and region to another with the attendant clashes with farmers.
In a nine-point communique read to journalists at the end of the meeting by the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Dave Umahi, the governors expressed dismay over the huge sum of money they spend in paying farmers whose crops are destroyed by herdsmen.
The governors called for an emergency meeting in the zone with heads of the federal security agencies, farmers and herdsmen in order to stop the movement and prevent the clashes.
“Let’s make it clear that no land in the South-east has been donated for ranching and the federal government has not asked us to do so either. We have not approved any land for ranching and we will never do so because we don’t even have enough land in our zone for our use, let alone for ranching,” Umahi said.
Governor Umahi and Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Deputy Governors of Abia, Ude Oko-Chukwu and Anambra, Nkem Okeke, were at the meeting apart from Governor Rochas Okorocha was absent.
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