No land for cattle colonies in Urhobo – Omo-Agege
The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District at the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege of the ruling All Progressives Congress, has rejected the proposed establishment of cattle colonies across the country, saying that the Urhobo ethnic nationality in the Niger Delta are strongly against the move.
Rising from consultations with Urhobo leaders across the country, Omo-Agege urged the Federal Government to exclude Urhobo communities, particularly in Delta Central in the arrangement.
According to him, no community is ready to offer their land for such a purpose after their residents have been killed and their farmlands destroyed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the past.
In a statement made available to our correspondent on Friday in Effurun, the senator noted that the establishment of the cattle colonies would not end the incessant clashes between marauding Fulani herdsmen and local farmers in the country.
He said, “Since the announcement by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, that cattle colonies would be established across our country for herdsmen to curb the increasing cases of clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country, I have met with various leaders, stakeholders and constituents in Delta Central to discuss this complex and controversial topic.
“Those discussions have revealed to me that the majority of the Urhobo people are strongly opposed to cattle colonies on their land. No one wants it and no community is ready to give its land to those who have killed their people and raped their wives.”