The South East Governors Forum has declared that the zone is not prepared to give any portion of its land for ranching. Rising from a one-day meeting held at Government House, Enugu on Sunday, the chairman of the forum and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, made it clear that the zone is highly disadvantage in land.
He also dispelled the rumour that some portions of land had been donated for ranching, insisting that no state in the South East is ready to donate any land for ranching.
He said, “Ranching is not approved by South East Governors, we have not been asked to donate, no land in the south east has been donated for ranching.”
While commiserating with the people and governor of Plateau State for the recent killings, the forum condemned the killings and joined other regions to demand for justice for plateau people.
The governors further said they noticed increased challenges in the movement of herdsmen from one state and region to another with resultant effect of massive destruction of farmlands with attendant clashes with farmers.
Governor Umahi said, ” South East Governors have been spending huge funds in paying compensations to farmers whose farms and crops were destroyed.
“We therefore, request for emergency meeting in South East with Federal Security Chiefs, farmers and herdsmen leadership in Nigeria to stop the movement and prevent the clashes “.
Umahi further hinted that the forum was presented with restructuring as the stand of Ndigbo by the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo based on the resolutions arising from the Awka enlarged Igbo meeting, adding that he also laid down the template to South East Governors Forum
” The forum also decided that the governors should take a studied look at the restructuring and will make its final stand clear by the next meeting of the forum”, he added.
Present at the meeting were Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi State, Governor, Dave Umahi while , Anambra and Abia States were represented by their deputies.