The south east governors forum has made their stance known on the proposed Riga settlement to be established nationwide, opting for herdsmen’s meat in exchange for grasses instead of negotiating for approval of state police.
A statement made available to newsmen by Chairman of the South – East Governors ’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State , David Umahi through his Chief Press Secretary , Emmanuel Uzor , insisted that there is no land anywhere in the east but easterners are ready to trade grasses with northern ranches for meat.
Part of the statement read;
“ The way it works is that the herdsmen will bring down their cows to the South -East and sell us as meat while they will load the grass which are grown here in the same trailer with which they transported their cows to feed their cattle in those grazing reserve which should be made comfortable for them.
With this proposed deal , herdsmen are expected to embrace anti- open grazing by returning to the ranches in the north and do their business on the trade – by -barter basis of selling cows to the south and buying grass to feed their cows in the north.”