We won’t donate land for ranching – South East Governors

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south-east-governors-against-ranchingSouth-East Governors, have kicked against donating land for ranching a proposal being proposed by the Federal Government.

The report has it that consensus was reached at a meeting of the Forum at the Enugu Government House on Sunday night.

Present on the meeting are: Engr. David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State, represented by his deputy, Dr. Ikem Okeke and Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, who was also represented by his deputy, Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, representative of the NNPC, members of the Southeast Traditional Rulers’ Council, among others.

Umahi, who read the communique said, “We want to dismiss rumour being peddled around over the issue of ranching. We want to make it crystal clear that the South-East has no land for ranching and nobody has requested us to donate any land for ranching.

“The Federal Government knows that the South-East doesn’t have enough land for ranching. So, we categorically state that we are not giving any land ranching.”

The Forum also received template on restructuring of Nigeria from the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, which declares that Southeast will not give up on restructuring.

“Umah laid down the template to the Governors. The Forum thanked Ohanaeze for a job well done and reiterated its earlier stance that restructuring is the only way forward for Nigeria.

“The Forum also decided that the Governors should take a studied look at the template of restructuring and will make its final stand clear by the next meeting of the Forum.”

It equally said that the term of office of Chairman of Southeast Traditional Rulers’ Council “is two years rotational in alphabetical order.

“Forum, hence directed the present Chairman of Council, His Royal Majesty Eze Eberechi Dick, who has served for two years to hand over to Anambra State under the chairmanship of HRM, Igwe Nnaemeka Anichebe, Agbogidi, with effect from 1st August 2018 and thereafter to Ebonyi State and then Enugu State.”