With all the challenges the communities face, their politician believes supplying them with brand new ropes to tie their goats is the best of service he can render to them.
Hon. Daniel Ukpera is a Nigerian politician and former representative for the Benue State who has donated strands of rope to his people for them to use it to tie their livestock.
His act of benevolence has sparked anger among Nigerians who can not bring themselves to believe what the politicians just did especially when these communities have more pressing concerns that are begging for attention.
A local journalist shared this bizarre story on his Facebook timeline. According to Aar Amos Terna, the politician believed that is the number problem of the communities.
A former contender for Guma constituency seat in the Benue state House of Assembly 2019 on the platform of Labour party, Hon. Daniel Ukpera today donated a bulk of nylon ropes to goat rearers in some communities in Makurdi Local Government Area of the state to prevent free movement and grazing of goats in line with the state Anti-Open Grazing And Ranches Establishment Law, 2017.Making the donation at Imande Akpu and Tse-Chagu communities, Hon. Ukpera said the Benue state Government under Governor Samuel Ortom has enacted the law to prohibit free Grazing of livestock and so there is need for them to lead by example for their visitors (Fulani herdsmen) to emulate.He explained that his choice of Tse-Chagu and Imande Akpu as the first beneficiaries of this round of distribution was informed by the fact that they are the highest goat owners in that part of the Local Government.After a thorough sensitization on the need for tying of goats, Ukpera took record of those who needed the ropes but could not get it owing to the large turn out of people and promised to reach them soon in another round of the gesture.Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries at Imande Akpu, elder John Tyeku appreciated the efforts of Hon. Ukpera saying, what he had brought to them was a welcome development. He noted that tying of goats remained a major challenge to them as regards rearing of livestock.Tyeku said, “our pigs are always in dens but tying of goats is our major challenge because we use local fibre and mosquito nets to twist the ropes which cannot stand the test of time.God will bless you, Ukpera, for having the interest of your people at heart even as you have not held any elective or appointive position”.Also speaking on behalf of the people of Tse-Chagu, Mr Augustine Shemu welcomed Hon. Daniel Ukpera and his team to the community. He wished him well and prayed God to empower the former Assembly hopeful for Guma constituency so that he will bring them more development.