South-East Governors’ Forum (SEGF) have rejected the proposition by the Federal Government to build ranches in a few states to settle the regular conflicts amongst herders and farmers
The governors at a gathering in Enugu state yesterday July eighth, said they would not give any of their property to the Federal government to build farms for herders.
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.”
Perusing the report before newsmen, Ebonyi state senator, Dave Umahi, said that the South-East does not have mass of land and therefore can not apportion any piece of its restricted land for foundation ranching.
“South East governors have noticed increased challenges in the movement of herdsmen from state and region to another with resultant effect of massive destruction of farmlands and attendant clashes with farmers. South East governors have been spending huge funds in settling farmers whose farms and crops are destroyed. We, therefore, request for emergency meeting with South-East and federal security chiefs, farmers and herdsmen to stop the movements and prevent clashes,” Umahi said.
The governors went ahead to request a crisis meeting with security boss to look for answers for herders/farmers conflicts.
Others at the gathering were the host senator, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and representative governors of Anambra and Abia states.
Imo State senator, Rochas Okorocha, did not go to the gathering and wasn’t represented by anyone.