By: Ifeanyi Oknokwo (Anambra),
The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has been advised by the Anambra State House of Assembly not to grant any Certificate of Occupancy of any land in Anambra State to the Federal Government for the proposed Cattle Colony of the Federal Government.
Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly at the Thursday plenary seating, headed by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Barr.(Mrs.) Rita Obianamma Maduagwu, charged the Governor not to accept any colony policy from the Federal government as they condemned the action of the Federal government.
Speaking on the floor of the House, Honourable Timothy Ifedioramma, representing Njikoka Constituency kicked against the plead from the Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, led by its Minister Chief Audu Ogbe on states to donate 5hecters of land each to the fulani cattle herders.
Hon. Timothy in his submission condemned the policy of the Federal Government saying, “The clash between herdsmen and the host community has become a recurrent decimal. Look at Benue and Plateau States were herdsmen have continued to trouble and suffer their host communities”.
He further explained that, “Cattle rearing is a private business. It is not a Federal or State project so I see no reason why the Federal Government should be involved or interested in it”.
Hon Timothy concluded by saying that, “Herdsmen should be declared a terrorist group. We have had scores of death in our state because of cattle herders, so I wonder what will befall the host community when these people are legitimately welcomed”.
On his part, Hon. Uche Okafor representing Ayiemelum Constituency accused the Federal Government of trying to be mischievous. “Let the Federal Government first of all disarm cattle herders who move about with AK-47”. I recommend the Sambisa forest as a perfect place for cattle herders”.
Speaking to journalists after the plenary, Hon. Edward Obiefuna Ebuzor representing Onitsha North 2 said, “I have said it clearly and I want everybody to hear me loud and clear the Federal Government is not doing enough regarding this issue”.
Hon. Chugbo Enwezor representing Onitsha North 1 constituency said while also fielding questions from journalists, “The word colony is offensive in these present age and should be resisted. We have been colonized before and don’t want to be colonized again”.
He went further to advice the Federal Government to stick to ranching as early stated. “Colony in my own understanding is when you give someone the authority to have sovereign authority. Any slight deviation from ranching means we have interpreted it in another form. Cattle cannot colonize human beings”.