27th August, 2021
The Ebonyi State Government has denied collecting N6 billion from President Muhammadu Buhari-led’s administration for ranching.
Ebonyi made the disclosure after Mr Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, in a television interactive programme on Wednesday, cited Ebonyi as one of the states that collected such funds to implement ranching.
However, Ebonyi insisted that the state had no land for such a venture.
Mr Francis Nwaze, Special Assistant to the state Governor on Media and Publicity, made the postion of the Ebonyi Government known in a statement sent to PM News on Friday.
He maintained that state government did not receive such funds.
“The government will not receive any money for ranching, because there is no land for such purpose in the state.
“Ebonyi citizens should see ranching as a personal decision and anyone engaging in such venture must use his or her land to implement it,” the statement read.
In the statement, Nwaze maintained that the state government would not renege on its decision not to offer land in the state for such purpose.