Delta State Governor, Senator Okowa, has called for the disarming of herdsmen across the country as a deliberate way of reducing ongoing killings on parts of the country.
His words, “first, I believe that every herdsman must be totally disarmed because it is the right thing to do; I don’t think that they are empowered to carry such riffles except if they are members of security agencies”.
The State Governor’s call is for the immediate disarming of the herders of the intimidating and high caliber weapons they freely carry about, committing all types of atrocities against humanity unchallenged, especially against the defend less farmers.
The continuous possession of these illegal dangerous arms, reportedly used to perpetuate series of bloody atrocities speaks volumes on the readiness of the Buhari led administration to swiftly address the shameful act, capable of dragging the nation into civil conflict.
On the establishment of controversial cattle colony, Governor cleverly kicked against it in his state, on the grounds that the state does not have enough to donate to the Federal Government for cattle colonies.
His words: “in the first instance, you know that Delta State is possibly half water, half land. So, obviously we are in dire need of land. We don’t have land for that purpose; that is the truth. It is a growing state and most of these coastal areas are not in the best of shape because lands are destroyed and we don’t have enough arable land and the pressure is now coming because we are encouraging our people to go the farm. In the past, it was a rent economy; people were actually looking for the money that comes in from oil and subsidiaries of the crude oil economy”
To address the land-related problem, affecting the establishment of the colonies, Senator Okowa pointed to the presence of vast land existing in the Northern region, urging the Minister of Agriculture to implement the policy of the Federal Government at the onset of President Buhari’s administration to import fast growing grass for the establishment of cattle ranching in the vast land in the northern region.
He stressed on the financial implication of the importing grasses, but noted that such sacrifice is better than human carnage and property loss recorded in recent time.
Senator Okowa then stressed the importance of using irrigation system to realize the goal, especially growing the imported grasses in the huge areas in the north that are currently un-utilized to curb the immigration and persistent bloodily clashes.