Umahi decries Garba Shehu’s lies, denies Ebonyi State received money for ranching from FG

Umahi decries Garba Shehu’s lies, denies Ebonyi State received money for ranching from FG

Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi has denied that the state government received any money from the federal government for the purpose of ranching, co

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Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi has denied that the state government received any money from the federal government for the purpose of ranching, contrary to reports in a section of the media.

Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhamamdu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had said on Channels Television last night that Ebonyi State was among the states that had collected over N20bn from the federal government for the purpose of ranching and associated matters.

But Umahi, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant (SA) on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze, said Mr. Shehu lied against the Ebonyi State government.

He reiterated that there was no land for ranching in the state.

“We have received the news making the rounds that Ebonyi State is among the States in the federation that has received the sum of N6bn each for ranching as attributed to the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while responding to questions on Channels Television on Wednesday night and we wish to clarify as follows:

“That Ebonyi State Government never at any time received any money for ranching in the State and will not receive any money for the same purpose as there is no available land for ranching in the state.

“That should any Ebonyian opt to engage in personal ranching, Ebonyians should see such venture as a personal decision of such person who must use his/her land for the purpose.

“This is because Ebonyi State Government has continued to maintain that there is no land for ranching in the state and it is not about reneging from the decision.”