Saturday, 9 April 2016

Benue To Make Law For Establishment Of Ranches

A Bill that will make it compulsory for cattle owners in Benue State to rear them in ranches will soon be forwarded to the House of Assembly.

Governor Samuel Ortom, who spoke yesterday when he visited victims of herdsmen attacks in Logo, Buruku and Tarka councils, said the law would make it illegal for herdsmen to roam with cattle and graze outside ranches.

He said ranches remained the solution to clashes between farmers and herdsmen and advocated collaborative efforts between states and the Federal Government for their establishment.

The governor sympathised with those who lost loved ones and property during the attacks, as well as those displaced.
He promised that the Security Council would take decisions that would ensure the return of those displaced.

According to him, the 20 pickup vans which the state government, in collaboration with the local governments procured, would be given to security agencies to facilitate surveillance and security.

Members of the executive and security councils, as well as Speaker Terkimbi Ikyange accompanied Governor Ortom during the visit.
Relief materials were given to displaced people.

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