We Won't Give Any Land For 'Ranching' - South East Governors reply FG

The South-East Governors has on Sunday evening, after a meeting in Enugu said that no land would be made available for the establishment of cattle ranches in the zone.

The meeting, which held at the Enugu State Government House, had the governor of Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; and the Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi in attendance. Abia and Anambra State governors were represented by their deputy governors, while Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha was absent and was not represented by anybody.
In the meeting, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, presented the association's 'Template On Restructuring' to the governors at the meeting, which ended late on Sunday evening.

After the meeting, the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Umahi, disclosed that the governors had agreed that ranching would not be allowed in the zone.

Umahi explained that the reports that some South-East states had made land available for the establishment of ranches, based on a request by the Federal Government, were false.
The Ebonyi State Governor stressed that while the Federal Government had not asked for any land for ranches, the governors would not accede to such a request, should it be made.
"No land in the South-East has been donated for ranching.
We have not donated any land, we have not been asked to donate and we are not going to donate. 
"Ranching is not approved by the South-East governors in the South-East," Umahi stated.
However, the governors, in the same vein, condemned the recent killings in Plateau State, and demanded justice for Plateau people.
The governors, also raised an alarm over what they described as challenges posed by the movement of herdsmen in the South- East.
They agreed to meet with heads of federal security agencies over the development.
"The South-East Governors Forum commiserates with the Governor of Plateau State and the people of the state for the recent killings. 
"We condemn the killings and join other regions to demand justice for the Plateau people.

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