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S’East governors asked to invest in ranches

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

NNEWI—SOUTH East governors have been asked to mobilise funds for setting up cattle ranches for interested people in the region to do cattle business, instead of creating cattle colonies that will encourage frequent clashes between invading herdsmen from the North and the Igbos.

From right, Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Rochas Okorocha (Imo); and Willie Obiano (Anambra) during a meeting of the South East Governors Forum at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

The President of Association of Small and Medium Scale Industries Anambra State,    ASAMSIAS, Chief Johnson Okolo, made the call, while addressing newsmen in his office in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Chief Okolo, who also corroborated the call by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo for the Igbos  to reinvent their cattle farms, allegedly destroyed during the Nigerian civil war, urged  South East governors to help the Igbos to go back to their cattle business, to create employment for the teaming youths in the zone.

“Today, our people are no more going to farms because of the fear of the invading and marauding herdsmen who attack them in their farms. In my village, Afa in Enugu State, herdsmen raped a woman of about 90years  and an AK 47 was recovered from them.

“I believe the Nigerian  civil war has ended, so Igbos should set up their cattle ranches again. Afterall, most Igbo men whose money were seized and later given stipend went back to business with the paltry sum that was released to them and today, they are doing well. Same way, they can re-establish their cattle ranches and be successful again.”


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