Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the Abia State Commissioner for Information has informed that Senator Orji Uzor Kalu lied, when he said recently that Abia had a RUGA settlement, when he was serving as the state governor.
According to the Commissioner who regretted the statement credited to the Senator representing Abia North district, no cattle colony, or RUGA existed in the state.
The Commissioner revealed that much to journalists at International Conference Centre Umuahia, on Tuesday while stating the state government’s position on the suspended RUGA settlements for herdsmen, being proposed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
According to the Commissioner “we do not have any RUGA settlement in Abia State and we do not intend to have RUGA settlements in Abia State. What we have are cattle markets such as the one at Lokpanta and Waterside Aba cattle market.”
He said Abia State does not even have enough land for agriculture and other uses not to talk of ceding any part of the state for cattle colony or RUGA settlement.
He explained, “Cattle rearing is a private business and should strictly be seen in that light.”
The PDP chieftain emphasized , “Cattle owners are expected to transport their animals to the state using trailers or trains, when available, and offload same only inside the designated cattle markets in the state.”