Sunday, 14 January 2018

Ekiti, Abia, Imo Also Reject Buhari’s Cattle Colonies

Governors Ayodele Fayose ( Ekiti ), Okezie Ikpeazu ( Abia ) and the leadership of the Imo State House of Assembly have ruled out any plan to release land for the proposed cattle colonies.

Fayose , who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media , Lere Olayinka , said, Ekiti will not surrender its land for any cattle colonies.

He said, “We don ’ t give ponds to fish farmers ; government does not give pens to poultry farmers , and does not give shops to traders because they are all businessmen.

“A cattle breeder should get a cattle ranch because he is a businessman . We will not surrender our land for any cattle colony. ”

Ikpeazu, who also spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr . Enyinnaya Appolos, said the state would reject plans to establish “any Fulani colony in Abia State . ”

He said , “We reject any plan to establish cattle colonies for herdsmen in Abia State.
We don ’ t have enough land for our agricultural activities and our people want more land to farm .”
In its own reaction , the leadership of the Imo State House of Assembly has also said there is no law or bill before it seeking the release of lands for cattle colony, stressing that nobody can take over any place for the use of herdsmen in the state .

The Speaker , Acho Ihim, told SUNDAY PUNCH through his Chief Press Secretary, Marcel Ekwezuo , that the legislature would guard against the type of an ugly scenario in the past where Fulani herdsmen took over lands in rural areas, claiming to have orders from above

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