Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has directed conventional rulers to collate knowledge on herdsmen working within the state for simple identification and upkeep of peace.
Umahi, who gave the order on Friday in Abakaiki at a gathering with conventional rulers and miners within the state, famous that the info ought to embrace herdsmen’s names, location and phone telephone numbers of their leaders.
The governor remarked that the choice was reached after collection of conferences with safety businesses, varied committees and representatives of herdsmen within the state.
“Conventional rulers ought to maintain fixed conferences with the herdsmen in order that they’ll determine these from Niger Republic and different areas that foment bother.
“We have now been residing in peace with the herdsmen for a number of years however nonetheless keep that there wouldn’t be motion of cattle from one space to a different within the state.”
He urged the standard rulers and different involved authorities to agree on grazing areas with the herdsmen the place they’d be restricted for his or her grazing actions.
“I’ll present facilities reminiscent of water in such areas as a result of the state authorities doesn’t have the assets for ranching.
“When the grasses in such areas end, you must organize for one more location for grazing as a result of we might not tolerate cattle consuming or destroying crops on our farmlands.
“Hassle is inevitable however we will deal with them maturely by way of the varied committees on herdsmen within the villages, communities and state ranges,” he mentioned.
Umahi warned that henceforth, anyone that killed herdsmen’s cows would make double funds with the herdsmen accumulating one half and the ministry of native authorities and chieftaincy affairs, accumulating the opposite.
“The herdsmen might be severely warned in the event that they destroy farmers’ crops and when such persists after investigations, the herdsmen can be pressured to depart the group.
“We need to put such restraining measures to forestall cattle rustling as a result of the cows are expensive to the herdsmen whereas the crops are expensive to the farmers.
He famous that present mining legal guidelines within the state can be reviewed to make unlawful miners to get jail time period of 5 years for partaking in such actions.
“We’d ship the invoice to the Home of Meeting as it could additionally turn out to be unlawful for conventional rulers or city unions to lease mining websites with out authorities’s clearance,” the governor mentioned.
Chief Samuel Okoronkwo, Commissioner for Native Authorities and Chieftaincy Affairs, famous that the ministry had intensified efforts to verify the actions of unlawful miners, particularly these from neighbouring Imo and others states.
“We have now additionally sensitised conventional rulers, city unions and different stakeholders to have interaction the federal government in mining actions of their areas to allow authorities to generate the accruing income.’’
The Chairman of the Conventional Rulers Council within the state, Igwe Charles Mkpuma, pledged that conventional rulers would collaborate with the federal government to verify unlawful mining actions.
A miner within the state, Chief Basil Igboke, famous that mining enterprise was capital intensive and appealed to the federal government for monetary help to assist miners.