Umahi beams searchlight on herdsmen in Ebonyi



    Herdsmen assaults: Ebonyi on alert

    By Chukwuemeka Opara

    Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi on Tuesday charged the newly appointed liaison officers to examine the actions of herdsmen working within the state.

    Umahi gave the cost in Abakaliki whereas swearing-in 159 liaison officers appointed throughout the 13 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.

    He mentioned that the state had successfully managed its relationship with herdsmen.

    The governor charged the liaison officers to make sure that the state was not considered like others states on herdsmen points, noting that it has accommodated the herdsmen working within the state over time.

    “The herdsmen which have stayed with us for over 60 years don’t foment hassle as it’s only people who migrate from different locations that achieve this.

    “Ebonyi took a stand that there shouldn’t be migration of cattle to Ebonyi and anybody shifting cattle from different states to Ebonyi ought to use articulated automobiles.

    “We can not evict our brothers and sisters herdsmen from our states however we insist that they need to not transfer cattle from one farm to a different however keep in designated areas given to them by their host communities,’’ he mentioned.

    The governor additionally tasked the officers to take care of the prevailing peace between the populace and herdsmen within the state and be certain that their cattle weren’t rustled or killed.

    “Frictions exist even in households however we should all the time system mechanisms of dealing with them as our committee on herdsmen actions ought to inculcate the liaison officers within the committee.

    “I need to additionally warn you about betraying me and you must keep in mind that whereas Christ forgave those that crucified him, the one who betrayed him dedicated suicide.

    “The reward for betrayal is suicide and when you achieve this, we’ll examine the N20, 000 overhead given to you month-to-month and prosecute you if discovered wanting.

    “Good behaviour from you’ll, nonetheless, imply that you simply spent the cash nicely as you’ll obtain month-to-month salaries of N80, 000 along with the N20, 000 overhead,’’ he mentioned.

    Umahi used the event to current workers of workplaces to a few new conventional rulers within the state: Chief Gabriel Okoro of Ihie autonomous group of Ivo Local Government Area (LGA) and Chief Ambrose Ogbu of Isu Community of Onicha LGA.

    He additionally introduced the workers of workplace to Chief Peter Ogbuagu of Ama-Akpoha, Afikpo North LGA and charged the normal rulers to make sure that the menace of unlawful mining is curbed within the state.

    “Traditional rulers within the state should give me the mining websites located of their localities with related contacts as anybody who fails will forfeit his February wage.

    “I will even inch in direction of the affected individuals’ workers of workplace in March because the unlawful miners function underneath the duvet of conventional rulers within the state.

    “Allowing these miners to function illegally makes it troublesome for the state to outlive economically and it’s a disgrace that Ebonyi generates solely N7 million month-to-month from mining actions,’’ he mentioned.

    Chief Solomon Okoronkwo, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, mentioned that the liaison officers have been discovered worthy to serve the state having been efficiently screened by the House of Assembly.

    “They are anticipated to step down the governor’s actions in numerous LGA’s, particularly in successfully monitoring agricultural, instructional, well being and different actions,’’ he mentioned.

    Also, Chief Gabriel Okoro, thanked the governor for the honour bestowed on them and pledged that they’d use their workplaces to advertise conventional establishment and contribute to the state’s growth.