***State govt not considering any grazing reserve
***Says FG needs policy direction on menace
As the nation contends with the menace of killer Fulani herdsmen, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has warned that any Deltan found collaborating with Fulani herdsmen risks life imprisonment.
This is coming as the state chief executive called on the Federal Government to initiate a policy direction to halt the menance of Fulani herdsmen. He said the state government was not considering the establishment of any grazing reserve in the state.
“Fulani herdsmen menace is a national challenge, it has become something that is affecting all the states in the federation.
“The Federal Government should have a policy direction for us to live in peace with the Fulani herdsmen. I do hope that there will be policy direction to reduce the clashes,” he said.
He continued: “I want to appeal to our people to continue with the peaceful engagement process while we continue to pressure the Federal Government to have a policy direction on the issue.”
Speaking, weekend, at the 2nd session of 7th Synod of Ughelli Diocese of the Anglican Communion held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Ekete, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, Governor Okowa asserted, “we are not supporting any grazing reserve.”
The Governor stated that state legislature cannot pass a bill that is unacceptable to the people, disclosing that Deltans have made it clear that they were not in support of grazing reserve.
While disclosing that his administration has done a lot to ensure that clashes between herdsmen and Deltans are reduced to the barest minimum.
“Possibly, there would have been much more killings if not for our consultations. We are also aware that most of the kidnappings in the state are being done by the Hausa/Fulanis in connivance with some of our people.”
“There are special courts for the speedy trial of kidnappers and any one who is caught assisting them is liable to life imprisonment,” he he said, while commending security agencies, especially, the police for controlling crime in the state.
Governor Okowa also urged the Church to relentlessly pray for the state and the nation, assuring that revenue to the state would increase within the next couple of months as Shell was working to fix the Forcados Trunkline which will boost oil export from the state.
The governor stated that increase in revenue generated will lead to the construction of more roads and the provision of infrastructure in different parts of the state.
Earlier in a sermon, Bishop Marcus Ibrahim of Yola Diocese of the Anglican Communion, commended Governor Okowa for the effective management of resources in the state despite the recession affecting economic activities in the country.
The bishop who spoke on the theme: “Watching and Praying: The Escape Route from the Dangers of Our Time,” decried greed in the church and also urged Christians to pray harder to check the activities of Boko Haram, kidnappers and armed robbers, reiterating that “the time that we are in, is evil time.”