The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it would not be part of the proposed “Cattle Grazing Bill” following the killings occasioned by Fulani herdsmen in the southern states of the country.
Speaking during the 2016 workers’ day celebration at the Uyo township stadium, the Akwa Ibom state Chairman of NLC, Etim Ukpong described as worrisome the activities of the herdsmen in some local government areas in the state particularly the Ibiono Ibom LGA.
According to him, states like Plateau, Nassarawa, Taraba invaded by these herdsmen have not known peace for years.
His words: “They invaded Nasarawa, then Benue with the horrendous massacre of Idoma people in Agatu and adjourning areas. Now it is Enugu. The workers and the people of this state say No to any part of Akwa Ibom being incorporated in the “Cattle Grazing Bill”
“And let our National Assembly representatives get ready to join them to agitate for a “National Hens Rearing Commission” should there be a Cow Grazing Commission. We can do without cow meat. We don’t want to see people bring war to our state.”
Ukpong, who urged the state government to look into the security issue, said labour in the state do not know if the leaders of Ibiono Ibom local government Council have drawn the attention of state government to the matter.
The labour leader also drew the attention of the state government to other challenges facing workers in the state especially the issue of inadequate teaching staff in most schools across the state which he linked to non employment in the sector.