Benue moves to agriculture for economic development

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom says the State is delving into agriculture and industrialisation, in order to move forward.

The Governor made the assurance at the Presidential Villa Abuja, soon after a meeting with Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.

He said he is personally leading the people to the farms, as he has declared Friday June 17 a work free day for that purpose.

“We are planning to develop industries so that we can go into processing in areas where we have comparative advantage precisely in agriculture. And I believe that if we develop agriculture, it will go a long way in developing our economy,” he said.

Adequate security
The Governor used the opportunity to assure residents of Benue State of adequate security, as he warned trouble makers to desist from their wicked acts.

Governor Ortom said, “I cannot in anyway surrender my State to criminals. I’m going to fight them headlong and I have my people’s support to do so.”

Arms possession
On the grace period granted those in possession of arms, the Governor urged them to surrender such arms, else the full weight of the law will be deployed on them.

“The amnesty was very successful, because more than 800 young men came out and surrendered. We recovered over 600 assorted weapons and ammunitions that we collected from these young men. We are now going to use the stick approach and pursue anyone still in possession of arms, using the law,” the Governor warned.