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Governors of the South-East states have revealed that they would not make land in the region available for the establishment of cattle ranches.

Governors of the South-East states have revealed that they would not make land in the region available for the establishment of cattle ranches.


The governors made this decision in a meeting which they held in Enugu state during the weekend.
In attendance were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu; Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, while Abia and Anambra states were represented by their deputy governors, Ude Chukwu and Ikem Okeke but Rochas Okorocha of Imo state and his deputy were absent.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, Umahi, Chairman of the South-East Governors forum, said reports that some south-east states had made land available for the establishment of ranches, based on a request by the federal government, were not true. “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,” he said. “Ranching is not approved by the south-east governors in the south-east.”
Reading from a communiqué adopted at the meeting, Umahi said the governors also condemned the recent killings in Plateau state, and demanded justice for the victims.
“We condemn the killings and join other regions to demand justice for the Plateau people. “South-east governors have noticed increased challenges in the movement of herdsmen from one state and region to another with the resultant effect of massive destruction of farmlands with attendant clashes with farmers.
“South-east governors have been spending huge funds in settling farmers whose farms and crops are destroyed; we, therefore, request an emergency meeting in the south-east with federal security chiefs, farmers and herdsmen to stop the movements and prevent clashes.”

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