Gov’t acquires land to relocate Fulani herdsmen – Mahama
The government has acquired 10,000 hectares in the northern part of the country to relocate Fulani herdsmen and their cattle from troubled areas of the country, President John Dramani Mahama has said.
A unique feature of the Cattle Village, the President said, would be the stationing of veterinary and allied staff to provide the needed services.
President Mahama made this known when he interacted with the people of Sempoa in the Abetifi Constituency in the Eastern Region last Tuesday, the last day of his campaign tour of the region.
Conflicts between Fulani herdsman and some local communities have been a major security issue in the country.
At Agogo in the Ashanti Region, for instance, a number of lives have been lost.
Sempoa, located in the Afram Plains section of Kwahu land, is inhabited mainly by farmers and fisherfolk. The area has also suffered from the activities of nomadic Fulani herdsmen.
It was the first time a sitting President had visited the community and it was all excitement for the residents.
Many others came from adjoining villages to welcome the President on the historic visit.
President Mahama told the gathering that the government was determined to put the Fulani issue to rest once and for all.
Turning to the fishing activities at Sempoa, the President informed the people that the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development would soon start the distribution of outboard motors at subsidised prices to fishermen in the area.
President Mahama emphasised the importance government attached to the fishing industry and gave the assurance that the fisherfolk would be supported to improve on their work.
He said the road from Hweehwee to Sempoa would be rehabilitated while boreholes would be drilled for the community, adding that already, the government had extended electricity to Sempoa.
He called on the people to vote massively for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the election.
The General Secretary of the NDC Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, told the people to reject the lies of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) since they did not have anything good for the people.