…Imo govt promises Fulani cattle rearers land, school By Chinasa Ogbonna

To check the destruction of farmlands by Fulani cattle rearers and the resultant communal clashes, Imo State government is to provide land to the Fulanis in the state specifically for rearing their cattle.

Besides, the government is to establish a school for Fulanis as the government believes they need education to enable them perform their duties more efficiently.

Governor Okorocha disclosed the above plans recently during a courtesy call on him by a delegation of Northern Cattle Dealers.

The governor noted that the Fulani cattle-rearers made immense contributions to the nation’s economy and advocated for the creation of a commission by the federal government to control, regulate and encourage Fulani cattle-rearers, adding that such would go a long way to offer employment for youths.

Earlier, the chairman, Imo State Regional Cattle and other Ancillary Markets Board, Alhaji Abubakar Ozor, said the visit was in appreciation of the current government’s determination to resuscitate the Okigwe Cattle Market lost to a neighbouring state years back.

He noted that towards the realization of the goal, the government has provided 115 hectares of land for the construction of the International Cattle Market, Okigwe and five hectares for Naze Modern abattoir.

Alhaji Ozor submitted that the re-establishment of the cattle market would stimulate the revenue potentials of the state, provide employment, promote East/North relationship commercially, and entrench religious sectarian understanding.



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