Ruga : S’East govs set to establish forest guards, fund cow rearing
By Steve Oko
As the dust raised by the controversial Ruga settlement for Fulani herdsmen is yet to settle, South East Governors are set to establish forest guards to tackle issues of insecurity in the zone and to compliment community policing programme of the federal government.
The Governor who met in Enugu on Sunday, also resolved to fund cattle rearing in the zone by interested indigenous investors.
This ,they said was to avoid the unprovoked attacks of farmers and local communities by Fulani herdsmen.
The Governor also insisted their earlier position that there was no land for RUGA settlement in any part of Igbo land.
to combat insecurity.
Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, SEGF, and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi who read the communique said that the forum also resolved to address safety of fuel Pipeline route to the NNPC depot in Enugu to ensure that pumping of petroleum products resume at the depot in the shotest possible time.
L-R: Anambra state Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke; Imo state Deputy Governor, NJona Ilonna; Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state at a meeting of South East Governors Forum in Enugu
Umahi also said the Governors resolved to clear up to 50 meters into bushes along roads in their localities to have clear views of roads ahead as part strategic security measures.
The forum commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state for his interventions to ensure that Akanu Ibiam International airport in Enugu is elevated to enviable status.
South East Governors, however, decried the state of the runway at the airport and appealed to the federal government for quick intervention.
“However, we are highly concerned about the deplorable state of the airport runway and we plead with the federal government to consider our numerous requests in reconstructing the runway to enhance the safety of our people.
“The forum noted that Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi states have abundant oil and gas reserves which have not been fully explored. The forum, therefore, call on the federal government to show more commitment and commence intensive exploration and development of oil and gas resources in these states of the South East,” Umahi stated.
He further disclosed that they were working on distribution of gas pipelines in the zone through the Nigeria gas company; as well as it is considering security proposal from Motorola company limited.
The forum while calling on the federal government to take more meaningful action on Enugu-Onitsha road, and other federal roads in the zone, equally commended the steady progress on the second Nigeria Bridge project.
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