As anxiety among the people reaches a feverish level over the reappearance of a grazing bill in Imo State House of Assembly, the speaker, Acho Ihim, has said the piece of legislation was dead on arrival.
In a statement yesterday in Owerri by his Chief Press Secretary, Marcel Ekwezuo, Ihim was quoted as saying: “The proposed grazing, ranching, colony, or whatever name it may be called is already dead even before its arrival.”
The statement reads in part: “The fears in the minds of many Imolites because of the proposed grazing bill lying on the floor of Imo State House of Assembly have been doused.
The speaker assured the citizens to go about their normal business without let or fear.
Ihim described the bill as a “very wicked proposal against the people which no single honourable member may even want its mention.”
Meanwhile, a social crusader and founder of SAVE Imo, Ekenulo Ebubeagu, has urged Governor Rochas Okorocha and the legislature to discard the contentious proposal.
In a statement, he said: “The issue of ranching is national, vexatious and bears grave risks for Ndi Imo!
“Majority of Ndi Imo do not want ranches sited in the state for any reason whatsoever.