The Ebonyi Government on Thursday evening denied collecting N6 billion from the Federal Government for ranching, insisting that the state had no land for such venture.
Special Assistant to the state Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Francis Nwaze in a statement said that the state government did not receive any such funds.
Nwaze added: “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.
Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a television interactive programme on Wednesday, cited Ebonyi as one of the states that collected such funds to implement ranching.
The disclosure drew widespread reactions from citizens and groups in the state with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) criticizing the state government for not disclosing the collection of such funds.
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