Friday, 16 October 2015

Benue Government Calls For Establishment Of Ranches To Curb Clashes

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged state governments in the northern part of the country to support the call for the establishment of ranches as a way of ending frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the region.

Ortom who made the call at a breakout session for northern states at the ongoing National Economic Summit in Abuja, said ranches remained the only reliable way out of the current security challenge posed by clashes between herdsmen and farmers as well as cattle rustling.

He informed the forum that Benue State had already taken steps to end the clashes with a bill on the establishment of ranches in the state soon to be sent to the State House of Assembly.

The governor in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Terver Akase also stressed the need for an Economic Summit for the North Central region, a move he said would aggregate the ideas and action timelines for accelerated economic development of the region.

He said that Benue was giving priority to the growth of small and medium scale enterprises with particular interest in the training and empowerment of youths to acquire entrepreneurial skills and own their businesses.

In separate speeches during the breakout session, the Governors of Kaduna, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, that of Kogi, Captain Idris Wada who spoke on other sub-themes, called for focus on education and peer review among states in northern Nigeria.

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