Ebonyi governor authorises local chiefs to create cattle grazing areas

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has directed traditional rulers to collate data on herdsmen operating in the state for easy identification and maintenance of peace.

Mr. Umahi, who gave the order on Friday in Abakaiki at a meeting with traditional rulers and miners in the state, noted that the data should include herdsmen’s names, location and contact phone numbers of their leaders.

The governor remarked that the decision was reached after series of meetings with security agencies, various committees and representatives of herdsmen in the state.

“Traditional rulers should hold constant meetings with the herdsmen so that they can identify those from Niger Republic and other areas that foment trouble.

“We have been living in peace with the herdsmen for several years but still maintain that there would not be movement of cattle from one area to another in the state.”

He urged the traditional rulers and other concerned authorities to agree on grazing locations with the herdsmen where they would be restricted for their grazing activities.

“I will provide amenities such as water in such locations because the state government does not have the resources for ranching.

“When the grasses in such areas finish, you should arrange for another location for grazing because we would not tolerate cattle eating or destroying crops on our farmlands.

“Trouble is inevitable but we can handle them maturely through the various committees on herdsmen in the villages, communities and state levels,” he said.

Mr. Umahi warned that henceforth, anybody that killed herdsmen’s cows would make double payments with the herdsmen collecting one part and the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, collecting the other.

“The herdsmen will be severely warned if they destroy farmers’ crops and when such persists after investigations, the herdsmen would be forced to leave the community.

“We want to put such restraining measures to prevent cattle rustling because the cows are dear to the herdsmen while the crops are dear to the farmers.

He noted that existing mining laws in the state would be reviewed to make illegal miners to get jail term of five years for engaging in such activities.

“We would send the bill to the House of Assembly as it would also become illegal for traditional rulers or town unions to lease mining sites without government’s clearance,” the governor said.

Samuel Okoronkwo, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, noted that the ministry had intensified efforts to check the activities of illegal miners, especially those from neighbouring Imo and others states.

“We have also sensitised traditional rulers, town unions and other stakeholders to engage the government in mining activities in their areas to enable government to generate the accruing revenue.’’

The chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council in the state, Charles Mkpuma, pledged that traditional rulers would collaborate with the government to check illegal mining activities.

A miner in the state, Basil Igboke, noted that mining business was capital intensive and appealed to the government for financial assistance to support miners.

(NAN)


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  • Iyke Iyke

    …..and when such persists after investigations, the herdsmen would be forced to leave the community.
    So Mr. Governor, until my crops are PERSISTENTLY destroyed and investigation done then you will FORCE the herdsmen to go FREE. But if a cow dies i will pay DOUBLE the price. CHAI!!!!! IT IS FINISHED

    • vikipiper

      You read it well! Ebonyi State is an admixture of people. They don’t have pure Igbo gene.

  • obiora

    David Uma-ehi must go. Ebonyi people send this man out of your Government he did not querify to be a Governor. He is doing Business your Lives. Send him Out before it is too late he is nothing but a Criminal.

  • Igwe Bu Ike

    Sounds uneducated and lack integrity ““When the grasses in such areas finish, you should arrange for another location for grazing because we would not tolerate cattle eating or destroying crops on our farmlands.” And, if the so-called traditional chiefs fails to allocate another grazing locations after grasses in certain location has been eaten up, what will happen???? Is this governor not calling for war. Does the grazing location belongs to the traditional chiefs or the governor?

  • Chukwura Okoli

    Provide them with AK47 rifles also to defend their cattle from rustlers.
    Continue to live in peace with them.
    Lack of application of history.

  • Cliff Mbagwu

    I an not sure this man is an Igbo man. When the grass in one area finishes they will find another location until they take his fathers compound. What is the land mass of Ebonyi State. Any body who kills a cow will pay double and any herdsman who destroys crops will be asked to leave the State. How nice it sounds. House slave in government house.

  • BiafraThunder

    It’s about time that Biafrans and others who care, should join forces to send the same level of violence and killing that all these evil worthless vultures that call themselves ‘governors’ especially those fools in Biafra territory who made themselves available for Fulani Satanic demons to use them in annihilating the people. There is no other way to shoe those efuelefus that they can never destroy us and sell us to eternal slavery like the Hausa stooge did years back!
    Those who know that vultures especially Umahi, Obiano, Okorocha, Ikpeazu, and all the rest of efulefus that refused to use their head but want to abuse the fraud they’re managing to destroy us…
    It is time to start treating them like the Herdsmen they’re protecting has been treating others!