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Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, rejects proposed cattle colonies for herdsmen, says Abia State need more land

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, rejects proposed cattle colonies for herdsmen, says Abia State need more land

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday rejected the proposed “cattle colonies” being planned by the Federal Government for Fulani herdsmen and their cows, saying that Abia State cannot accommodate such colonies since it’s looking for more land for agricultural activities for its people.

The Governor warned that the strange plan of establishing “cattle colonies” in States is an invitation for “unrest and crisis that may grow beyond what we can handle when it happens” and urged that the idea be jettisoned.

Governor Ikpeazu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Enyinnaya Appolos, made it clear that Abia state will not cede any part of her territory to Fulani herdsman as colony for cattle.

According to Governor Ikpeazu: “We reject any plan to establish cattle colonies for herdsmen in Abia State.

“We don’t have enough land for our agricultural activities and our people want more land, hence Abia State is not party to such arrangement as to create an exclusive colony for the herdsmen wherever they may be from.

“Giving away any part of Abia land as a colony to herdsmen, wherever they may be from, will be most unjust and unfair treatment to Abia State and her people who are largely farmers.

“Such alien land occupation will also cause unrest and crisis that may grow beyond what we can handle when it happens, so the best thing I think we should do is to reject such plans so that those behind it will know that Abia State is not party to it”, the governor declared.

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