There will be no grazing reserve in Delta, Okowa assures
By Godwin Utuedoye
As the nation continue to fashion out ways to solving the Fulani herdsmen menace, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has allayed the fear of Deltans that there will be grazing reserve in the state.
The Governor who spoke at the weekend at the 2nd session of the seventh 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 in his words said, “We are not supporting any grazing reserve.”
The Governor stated that legislators cannot pass a bill that is unacceptable to the people of Delta state, 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, Senator Dr. okowa observed, “possibly, there would have been much more killings if not for our consultations; we are also aware that most of the kidnapping 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 anyone who is caught assisting and aiding them is liable to life imprisonment,” he continued.
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 Trunk line 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 delivered by 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 hard to check the activities of Boko Haram, kidnappers and armed robbers, reiterating, “the time that we are in, is evil time.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Okowa while speaking at the 64th birthday and 25th coronation anniversary of the Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom, HRM, Dr. Wilson Oharisi III, assured that Ughelli Kingdom will always be included in the developmental programmes of the state government.
While congratulating the monarch, the Governor also appreciated the relative peace in Ughelli Kingdom and called on all traditional rulers in the state to ensure peace reign in their kingdoms.