Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom has expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for supporting the State in tackling frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in some parts of the State.
Dr Ortom expressed the State’s appreciation while speaking to Journalists after paying a courtesy visit to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
The Governor, who said he was in the State House to pay homage to the Acting President, also used the opportunity to wish President Muhammadu Buhari a quick recovery as he recuperates in London.
He said the Presidency has been very supportive as the State finds a lasting solution to the recurring problem between farmers and herdsmen.
“The federal government is actively supporting Benue State. As you know, the security apparatus belong to the federal government and they have been quite supportive. The Presidency has been very supportive in ensuring that we have peace. In fact the security personnel are at the disposal of the Benue state government. Anytime we make request for the Police, the Army or any other security agency, they are always ready to augment what we have on ground,” he said.
Governor Ortom added that the state Government has been able to reduce crime in the State as a result of the synergy between it and the federal government.
“Benue state would have been worse than where we are today but you can see that since coming on board, we have been able to reduce criminality, assassinations, killings and armed robbery to its barest minimum though I can’t say that we have eliminated all, but that is the positive result that we are getting form our synergy with the federal government,” the Governor explained.
Anti Grazing Law
He also stated that the State would soon introduce a law that will end open grazing in all parts of the State, which would help in putting an end to the incessant crisis between farmers and herdsmen.
“We are on top of the situation; both the herdsmen and farmers are cooperating very well with us. The understanding we now have is that no one should encroach into anyone’s farm, whether cattle breeding or farming activities. We would soon sign the anti open grazing bill into law and those that cannot cope are already migrating to other places, we cannot continue to fight ” he said.
The Governor further stated that the security summit recently hosted by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris would help tackle insecurity in the State and Nigeria at large.
“I believe that resolutions arising from that meeting are definitely going to solve security problems in this country because the federal and state governments were there, traditional council from all parts of the country were there as well as the security agencies and we agreed from the first day of the seminar that we were going to be frank and open in our discussions to ensure that justice, equity and fairness prevails so I have faith in that Inspector General’s security summit,” he emphasized.