Grazing should be a business of elders not minors, Umahi tells herders


By Victor Nwegede

Governor David Umahi has maintained that his government would not allow minors to graze cattle in Ebonyi State.

He made this known on Friday during the state wide security meeting held at Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The meeting involved all the heads of the security agencies with traditional rulers, leaders of farmers and herders in the state.

Umahi who was ably represented by the state Commissioner for Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution urged security heads including Police, DSS among others to clampdown on the alleged herders who have refused to obey the state government directives and laws.

He said, there has been a high record of security challenges in some parts of the country and maintained that his administration would not allow such to be experienced in Ebonyi.
He said: “The way the country is going now, a lot of insecurity is everywhere and as such, it is important that we start early in Ebonyi to prevent what is happening in other states.
“It is as such that we consider it important to hold meeting with herders.

“State government has said there should be no grazing of cattle by minors. They were told to go back to school and not to be carrying cattle. 
“It is a business of the elders but the minor shouldn’t be allowed to control the cows. 
“It is the duty of the security agencies to implement it. They are to enforce the laws and orders of the state on them,” he said.

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