Ebonyi govt. rejects FG’s proposed cattle
Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi State Government, on Thursday,
rejected the Federal Government’s plan to
establish cattle ranches in the state. It said
that the state does not have enough land for
its people who are majorly farmers let alone
having lands for cattle.
It further said that it was embarrassed by
reports in the newspapers concerning the
inclusion of Ebonyi in the states where the
federal government plans to establish pilot
ranches; insisting that it never gave their nod
to the plan.
The position of the state government was
relayed by the Commissioner for Agriculture,
Mr Ikechukwu Nwobo, a lawyer, while
addressing journalists shortly after the State
Executive Council meeting held in
Government House, Abakaliki.
The federal government, recently, listed
Ebonyi as among the ten states that have
provided land for the establishment of its pilot
cattle ranches in the country. It told the
federal government that there was no vacant
land for cattle ranching in the state.
“The state executive council frowned at the
news making rounding that the state has
directed or provided for a cattle ranch 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
“We never provided land for ranching in
Ebonyi State and it is still our position and
that those lands they said is for ranching is
for those Northern states that have always
been doing ranching which have been
gazetted before now.
“We have no idea that we were included in
the ranching, we were not gazetted. There is
no land for any ranching in Ebonyi 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 revitalize”, he said.