- South East governors say no part of Ebonyi or Igbo land designated for such a purpose by the Federal Government.
- Says it has not given FG land for the purpose as well.
The South-East Governors’ Forum has said that the Federal Government had no gazetted land in the zone for Ruga settlements, cattle colonies or any nomenclature it was given by the central government.
The presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu had listed the benefit of the system to include a drastic reduction in conflicts between herders and farmers, a boost in animal protection complete with a value chain that will increase the quality and hygiene of livestock in terms of beef and milk production, increased quality of feeding and access to animal care and private sector participation in commercial pasture production by way of investments.
Other gains listed are job creation, access to credit facilities, security for pastoral families and curtailment of cattle rustling.
Speaking with Punch on behalf of the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, said that Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Abia and Imo states had not given the Federal Government any land for Ruga settlements.
The governor who spoke through his media aide, Mr Emma Uzo, added that no part of South East states was designed for the system.
“There is no gazetted land for Ruga in Ebonyi State or any other state in the South -East zone. There is no gazetted land for any establishment of cattle ranch or colony. There is no part of Ebonyi or Igbo land that is designated for such a purpose by the Federal Government,” the governor said.
It appears most governors in South-East and Southwest are against the idea for the fear of banditry and herdsmen-farmer clashes.