Herdsmen Attack: Enugu State Govt Approves construction of ranch for 'Igbo' Cows

Gov Ugwuanyi

_... Awards  multiple contracts for massive construction, rehabilitation of health facilities


... 7 LGAs get new Primary Health Care Centres


... 34 health facilities across 17 LGAs for rehabilitation


... Upgrade, rehabilitation of Enugu Ezike General Hospital, Nsukka District Hospitalwithined



The Enugu State government is to establish a ranch for locally produced (Igbo) cows in the state.

This was made known after the state Executive Council, EXCO meeting in Enugu Thursday.

This is apparently in a bid to reduce the incidences of herdsmen attack and over dependence on the north for the meat supply of the southeast geopotical zone.

A Government House release stated that the memorandum for the establishment of the ranch for production of Igbo cows, Efi Igbo, was presented by the state Ministry of Agriculture for the consideration and approval of the EXCO.

According to the statement, "the 

development of an ultra -modern EFI IGBO CATTLE RANCH at Udenu LGA, was to encourage the mass production and ranching of our indigenous breed of cattle to meet the ever increasing demand for beef and allied products in the state.”

The EXCO also awarded contract for the immediate construction of seven units of Type three Primary Health Care Centre in Ezeagu, Nkanu East, Igbo-Etiti, Igbo-Eze South, Isi-Uzo, Udenu and Uzo-Uwani Local Government Areas of the state.

The health centres, according to the Commissioner for Information, Chief Chidi Aroh, would be “fully equipped and with a water borehole and standby power generator in each of the health facility.”

Aroh, stated that the decisions on the projects were in line with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s vision and the determination of the EXCO “to continually increase the state government’s capacity to provide quality and accessible health care,” adding that the council further “directed the contractors handling these projects to ensure they are completed within 90 days as stipulated in the terms of contract."

Aroh stressed that the state government also approved “renovation works, improvement of facilities and provision of essential supplies in 34 health facilities, across the 17 Local Government Areas, to scale up delivery of linked services and preparedness against community spread of COVID-19 pandemic by the Enugu State Save One Million Lives,SOML, Project”.

Also approved by the council, according to Aroh, was the phase one upgrade of infrastructure and rehabilitation of the General Hospital Ogrute, Enugu-Ezike in Igbo-Eze North LGA.

Gov. Ugwuanyi had paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital last week and directed the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to immediately evaluate the health facility with a view to rehabilitating it to serve the public better.  

The commissioner added that the upgrade and rehabilitation of the hospital will include construction of a borehole with a 10,000-litre capacity overhead tank; perimeter fencing of the entire land area, and reconstruction and asphalting of the access road.

He stated that the council equally approved the upgrade of infrastructure and renovation works at Nsukka District Hospital to include construction of borehole with a 10,000-litre capacity overhead tank and rehabilitation of an existing 10,000-litre capacity overhead tank, reticulation of water to all existing structures and correction works, external works/landscaping of new hospital building.


The council went further to approve the construction of additional Doctors Residential Quarters at the Nsukka Isolation and Treatment Centre and the purchase of 200 units of ultra-modern automated hand washing machine and hand sanitizer from the  Institute of Management and Technology, IMT, Enugu “for immediate distribution to the 17 LGAs, major markets, schools and designated public places to encourage proper hand hygiene in line with the health protocol of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC.”

According to Aroh, “Council further considered and approved a memo from the Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture for the construction and development of an ultra-modern EFI IGBO CATTLE RANCH at Udenu LGA, to encourage the mass production and ranching of our indigenous breed of cattle to meet the ever increasing demand for beef and allied products in the state”.

The commissioner noted that the council expressed its appreciation and gratitude to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for locating the newly created Force CID Annex of the Nigeria Police Force CID to Enugu, covering the entire South-East and South- South geopolitical zones and to be headed by an Assistant Inspector General of Police, in Enugu, “and assures the IGP of the maximum cooperation of the Enugu State Government”.