Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has denied reports that he supported the setting up of cattle colonies in states across Nigeria, adding that he will not give any land in Imo State to the Federal Government for that purpose.
Okorocha said that the speculation that he had adopted the proposed colonies and ceded a part of the state to herders was wicked, unfounded and untrue, PUNCH reports.
The governor who spoke on Tuesday in Owerri, the state capital, through the state Commissioner for Information, Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri, said there was no law, policy, decision, plan, request or intention to cede, allocate or designate any part of Imo State as a cattle colony.
The governor said, “This information that Imo has ceded a part for the proposed cattle colony is wicked, unfounded and untrue, although it represents the typical product of warped thinking of desperate mischief makers via the social media.
“Imo people and members of the public are therefore advised to disregard these baseless and laughable rumours.
“It is unfortunate that manufacturing wicked and capricious lies on an hourly basis has become the hallmark or DNA of desperate opposition politicians in our dear state.”
Also, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said the state does not have land for a cattle colony.
Wike, who also declared that his administration would not allow Rivers to be controlled by external forces, insisted that his government would not be drawn into any debate on cattle colonies.
The governor, who spoke on Tuesday when he granted audience to D-Source Connect Group at the Government House in Port Harcourt, said, “We will not allow our state to be controlled by external forces; we will not be drawn into debates on cattle colonic. We don’t have land for any cattle colony in Rivers State.”
Similarly, the Senator representing Southern Kaduna, Danjuma Laah, on Tuesday asked the Federal Government not to expect any land from the zone for the planned cattle colonies.