South-east Governors Say No To Cattle Ranches

The governors of the southeastern states of Nigeria have disagreed with the Federal Government’s plan to establish ranches in their states.

The governors of the five states, which include, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia and Anambra resolved after a meeting in Enugu on Sunday that the states would stop the movement of herdsmen towards the eastern part.

In a communique read by the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, David Umahi of Ebonyi State, the governors observed the alleged attacks by the herdsmen in some states, adding that they would not allow such to spread to the east.

The governors said that they would love to have a meeting with service chiefs so that they could easily provide precautionary measures against the incursion of the herdsmen into peoples’ lands.

“We don’t want any clash between farmers and herdsmen. That is why we must be proactive now before the herdsmen crisis spreads to the eastern part of the country,” the communique read.

The governors vehemently opposed the establishment of ranches in the east as being proposed by the Federal Government.

“We do have enough land for farming. We spend a lot of money as compensation to farmers whose crops were destroyed by cattle,” the governors posited.

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