- Some Imo residents are set to protest over the proposed cattle ranching in the state
- According to them, the people of the state were angry
- The group further rejected the bill for the establishment of cattle ranches in Imo state
The Coalition of Imo Socio-Cultural Organisations and Town Unions, a socio-cultural group, has called on the people of the state to brace up for a peaceful protest against the planned establishment of cattle ranches in the state.
Vanguard reports that the group's coordinator Emeka Diwe and secretary, Sylvester Nwogu, through a statement in Owerri claimed that the people of the state were angry.
The group said: “We, the Coalition of Imo Socio-Cultural Organisations and Town Unions have rejected the bill for the establishment of cattle ranches in Imo State as well as a bill for the registration and issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, to lands in the rural areas currently before the Imo state House of Assembly.
“Cattle rearing is a personal business of northerners and herdsmen who do not own any land or village in Imo state.
“The Imo state House of Assembly abandoned other critical areas begging for their intervention only to dabble into the dangerous invitation of the herdsmen into Imo State through the said bill."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Esan National Congress (ENC), a group that represent the interest of Esan people, a top ethnic group in Edo central senatorial district of the state, has rejected proposals to use lands in the area for cattle colonies or ranches.
ENC stated that its rejection of the proposal by the federal government was on the grounds that in most parts of the country where lands have been donated for the purpose, the fallouts between the host states and the herdsmen have been nothing to write home about.
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