Delta State Governor: Ranching will end clashes between herdsmen and farmers; initiates Bill to criminalize extortion by youths through ‘DEVE’ collection.

Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that ranching will put to a stop to clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country.

The governor made the submission on Sunday at the third session of the 12th Synod of the Diocese of Warri, Anglican Communion, held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Ekpan, Uvwie local government area of Delta State.

Okowa said, “Herdsmen/farmers clash is a national problem. As a state, we are trying to bring the casualties to the barest minimum. As a nation, we must go into ranching of our cattle.”

“It is our hope that necessary actions will be taken for us to go into ranching. We cannot continue to allow our cattle to be roaming around”.

The Governor was accompanied to the service by the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, and Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Barrister Kingsley Esiso, among others.

 Governor Okowa used the occasion to announce that machinery has been put in motion for anyone who hides under the guise of youths to extort money from property developers and law-abiding citizens to be prosecuted and jailed if found guilty.

He said, “We have sent a bill to the Delta State House of Assembly which will criminalise ‘deve’ (extortion) by youths and anyone who is found guilty will go to jail.”

“Anyone who is caught causing trouble, no matter how highly placed you are or who your sponsors are, will face the wrath of the law, we like the peace we are enjoying in the state,” he added.

Okowa also called for collective efforts to ensure a clean environment, observing that while it is the duty of local government councils to ensure clean council areas, it was the duty of all Deltans to dispose of their refuse appropriately.

He commended the theme for the Synod, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling”, stating: “Our God is holy, our call is holy, it is important for us to know that it is the one who does the will of the father that will enter His kingdom, we should use our lifestyle to carry out evangelism.”

Earlier, the Bishop of Warri Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Christian Ide, commended the development strides of Governor Okowa’s administration while Bishop Johnson Ekwe had in his sermon urged Christians to be prayerful not to fall into temptation.

Rt. Rev. Ekwe who is the Bishop of the Diocese of Niger West, preached against gay marriage and patronage of sex dolls.

He asserted that, “Marriage is between a man and a woman and should remain so. The woman may be more endowed intellectually or financially but the Bible says she must submit to her husband; glorify God with what you have.”

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