Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Grazing: Count Benue Out – Governor Ortom Tells Presidency

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked the federal government to count the state out of its planned rehabilitation of grazing reserves, stating that there is absolutely no land in the state that had been gazetted for grazing reserve.
Ortom stated this while reacting to the earlier statement of the Senior Special Assistant on Publicity and Media to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, that the federal government was planning to rehabilitate grazing reserves across the country.Grazing: Count Benue Out - Governor Ortom Tells Presidency
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Samuel Ortom said that his state had since embraced ranching as the best global practice, the policy, he said that Southern Governors Forum and other prominent Nigerians had given their nod. He expressed dismay on why the federal government is still pushing on what he described as archaic policy, stressing that it is now clear that there is a hidden agenda which only the Presidency knows.
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“Otherwise, all the regions of the country have accepted the fact that open grazing of animals is no longer fashionable and should be banned to pave the way for ranching, yet, the government at the centre is insistent that grazing reserves/cattle routes must be created across the country. In Benue, we have embraced ranching as the viable alternative to open grazing and there is no going back on our resolve”, he wrote.Grazing: Count Benue Out - Governor Ortom Tells Presidency
Grazing: Count Benue Out - Governor Ortom Tells Presidency
Samuel Ortom
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