The chairman south east governors forum, chief David Umahi at the weekend has rejected the move for the creation of cattle colon, insisting that no part of Ebonyi state would be given or used for such purpose.
Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state made this known while addressing traditional rulers, security chiefs, presidents of town unions and other prominent stakeholders of the state during an enlarged meeting of persons in the solid mineral/ mining that took place at the Akanu-ibaim international conference centre, Abakaliki.
The governor also moved against the intermittent clashes between farmers in the state and Fulani herdsmen.
He further initiated measures on how to maintain peace between farmers and herdsmen across the State by fully engaging traditional rulers and leaders of Miyati Allah in the area of sustaining the peace among the two groups.
Umahi also directed the traditional rulers to get details of the herdsmen in their area, to determine who they are and where they are coming from.
”The traditional rulers are not just custodians of culture and tradition but also part of peace building. They must ensure peace in their localities by first of all identifying the people living in their communities especially the herdsmen. No herdsman is allowed to graze their cattle in our lands and in an event of that, the herdsmen pay the double value of crops damaged and on repeat of such, the herdsmen will be forced to leave the community.”
“The cows are dear to the herdsmen same way the crops are dear to the our farmers most especially our belief in sanctity of human life which has been wasted on some areas in the country”
Recall that governor Umahi is a member of the Presidential Committe headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to reconcile and ensure peace between the farmers and herdsmen across the country.
He also made it clear that Ebonyi State Government has no resources to embark on any ranching or Colony being an aggrerian state whose main stead is agriculture.
“To ensure security and safety of our people and herdsmen who have lived peacefully with us all these years without problem and to ensure there is no infliteration of killer herdsmen from neighboring states and countries, traditional rulers are to collate data on herdsmen operating in their communities across the state for easy identification and maintenance of peace. The data should include herdsmen’s names, location and contact phone numbers of their leaders.”
“Traditional rulers should hold constant meetings with the herdsmen so that they can Identify those from Niger Republic and other areas that foment trouble”