- Ebonyi state government has told federal government that it has no land for cattle ranching
- The federal government had recently listed Ebonyi as among the ten states that have provided land for cattle ranch
- Ikechukwu Nwobo, the state commissioner for agriculture, however, said that the state was not informed before the decision was taken
The Ebonyi state government on Thursday, June 21, told the federal government that the state has no land for cattle ranching.
The Nation reports that the federal government had some days ago listed Ebonyi as among the ten states that have provided land for cattle ranch.
Legit.ng gathered that the state commissioner for agriculture, Ikechukwu Nwobo, while addressing journalists after the state executive council meeting, however, told the federal government that there was no vacant land for cattle ranch in the state.
Nwobo said: “The state executive council frowned at the news making rounding that the state has directed or provided for a cattle ranche in Ebonyi state.
"The highest organ of Ebonyi state is the state executive council and the state security council and any decision taken by this council is the last bus stop for the people and government of Ebonyi state. Whether the federal government consulted us, we are not aware of that.
The state executive council has decided and made sure that there is no land for ranching in Ebonyi state.
“We never provided land for ranching in Ebonyi state and it is still our position and that those land they said is for ranching is for those northern state that have always been doing ranching which have been gazzeted before now.
“We have no idea that we were included in the ranching, we were not gazzeted. There is no land for any ranching in Ebonyin state and we are not aware that we are among those mentioned as ranching states.
“The Ebonyi state through the executive council wishes to state that the government has not provided or released any land for ranching, it has no plan to do that.
"The ranching programme being done by the federal government does not include Ebonyi State and it has been redirected to those states in the north where the farmlands have been gazetted and have ranching ground which they will now revitalized.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo rejected the planned establishment of 94 ranches in 10 states of Nigeria as a way of finding peace and putting an end to constant clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country.
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