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No land for ranching in Benue – Gov. Ortom



The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has said no part of Benue would be reservsed or made available for ranching as proposed by the Federal Government.

The governor said this while inaugurating chairmen and members of Government Agencies, in the Government house in Makurdi.

He expressed his distaste at open grazing, while suggesting that cattle breeders must embrace ranching which is in line with the Anti-Open Prohibition Law passed by the House of Assembly. He also added that, any land to be leased out in Benue State, must be in line with the same law.

He said: “The plan is part of creating cattle colonies to grab our land and give it out for grazing. But we say no; ranching is the best practice for animal husbandry.”

The governor said the supports state policing, as well as restructuring, as a way of stopping foreign invaders.

“I’m an advocate of state police and there is need for restructuring so that we can stop invaders from coming into the state to kill us, whether they are from Libya of wherever,” he added.

More so, he use commiserated with his Plateau State counterpart, Simon Lalong and the people of the State, over the attacks which he described as barbaric, inhuman and unfortunate.