Governor Samuel Ortom says Benue State will reject the deliberate assessment of the Land Use Act by the Federal Authorities with vehemence as it’s meant to seize land for open grazing, cattle routes and grazing reserves.
Ortom spoke on Monday whereas reacting to allegations of deliberate assessment of the Land Use Act of 1978 to present possession of land to the Federal Authorities and to push for take over of waterways and River Banks by the Federal Authorities.
The Governor acknowledged that the try and assessment the Land Use Act by the presidency wouldn’t be acceptable by Benue State because it was one other try and seize land from the individuals for open grazing, stating that continued insistence on open grazing and cattle routes connotes a hidden agenda.
He additionally famous that Livestock Guards can’t be held answerable for any strayed cattle in the midst of attempting to impound livestock that contravene the ranching regulation of the state.
The Governor famous that as herders come armed, assault and generally kill Livestock Guards and safety brokers in the midst of discharging their duties, drive must be utilized to impound the cattle which might outcome to stray ones.
He acknowledged that if herdsmen had obeyed the ranching regulation of the state and complied with its provisions, nothing of such would have occurred within the first place not to mention the blame recreation.
Governor Ortom described the allegation as low-cost blackmail, stressing that it was ridiculous for the presidency to proceed to search for an answer to farmers and herders disaster when ranching is there and had confirmed to be a world finest resolution.
The Governor, who obtained the Assistant Commandant Basic, Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in command of Zone H, Harilu Usman, acknowledged the assist of Agro Rangers to peace and safety within the state.
ACG Haliru Usman, whereas pledging his dedication to peace and safety in Benue and different states underneath his jurisdiction, mentioned the declaration of Thursdays and Fridays as public holidays for civil servants was an illustration that Benue is actually the Meals Basket of the Nation.