Governor of Ebonyi State, David UMAHI on Thursday denied gathering N6 billion from President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the ranching coverage of the federal authorities.
Umahi additionally cautioned the Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu for together with Ebonyi as one of many states that collected cash for ranching, including that the state has no land for ranching.
UMAHI made this recognized in a press release signed and forwarded to BBNAIJA ONLINE” by his Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity Francis Nwaze.
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He mentioned, “We have now acquired the information making the rounds that Ebonyi State is among the many States within the Federation that has acquired the sum of 6 billion naira every for ranching as attributed to the Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu.
“That Ebonyi State Authorities by no means at any time acquired any cash for ranching within the State and won’t obtain any cash for a similar objective as there isn’t a accessible land for ranching within the state.
“That ought to any Ebonyian decide to interact in private ranching, Ebonyians ought to see such enterprise as a private determination of such one who should use his/her land for the aim.
“It is because Ebonyi State Authorities has continued to take care of that there isn’t a land for ranching within the state and it isn’t about reneging on that call,” he mentioned.
However in response to the governor’s claims, the Peoples Democratic Occasion, PDP, Ebonyi State chapter led by Elder Fred Udeogu berated the governor for allegedly gathering cash to implement ranching within the state as in opposition to the desires of the residents.
“Ebonyi State was talked about as the one southern state to have acquired 1 / 4 of the mentioned N24 billion, being N6 billion for ranching.
“We’re in shock that such a big sum of cash was given to the State and nobody knew about it and we at the moment are questioning if it was meant for the event of a non-public ranch owned by those that acquired the cash?
“We name on the federal government to right away make full disclosure on this ranching fund given for public good. We have to be sure that cattle are not seen within the public and within the farms of our folks – this can settle the clashes which have taken lives needlessly.
“We’re eternally dedicated to do justice for the great folks of Ebonyi State and won’t permit this subject, along with many others, to be swept below the proverbial carpet” the celebration acknowledged.