- Governor Samuel Ortom has berated those opposing governors' resolution on open grazing
- The southern governors had resolved to ban open grazing in the zone
- Ortom, however, noted that anybody who opposes the resolution has hidden agenda
The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has declared that any Nigerian who opposes the position of the southern governors on the ban on open grazing of cattle has a hidden agenda.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Ortom made this known while speaking at Holy Ghost Parish Hall, Makurdi on Thursday, May 13, at the media week and communications day 2021, organised by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
Legit.ng gathered that Ortom applauded his counterparts in the southern part of the country for their position.
According to the report, the governor said his colleagues from the southern part of the country had towed the right path towards addressing insecurity in the country, adding that open grazing was no longer feasible in the country due to development and population growth.
He explained that with the great potentials in the country, no Nigerian should be poor if only there was guaranteed security for lives and property and that the people are allowed to remain stable in their localities to explore opportunities in farming and other ventures.
The governor expressed appreciation to the Church and Muslims in Benue state as well as residents for remaining supportive of his administration.
He acknowledged the good reportage of government policies and programmes by the directorate of social communication, the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi and all the media groups in the state and said that his administration always welcomes constructive criticism.
The governor hinted at his government’s plans to commence teaching local dialect in schools in the next academic session.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that during a crucial meeting in Asaba, Delta state capital on Tuesday, May 11, the forum of southern governors agreed to ban open grazing in the region.
It was reported that the critical decision was announced by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the chairman of the forum, on behalf of his counterparts.
Akeredolu said the resolution is part of the governors' efforts to tackle the menace of insecurity that emanates from the unchecked activities of herdsmen.