Tuesday, 21 June 2016


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has reiterated his appeal to the people of the state to engage in massive agricultural activities to boost the economy of the state during the current economic downturn.

He spoke separately during town hall meetings with Sankera and Jemgbagh people in Katsina-Ala and Gboko.
Stakeholders from six local government areas of Katsina-Ala, Ukum, Logo, Buruku,Tarka and Gboko turned up for the meetings.

The Governor disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria has set aside N7 billion to provide credit facility to farmers across the country and urged individuals and groups to take advantage of the policy and apply for loans.

According to him the Banks of Industry and Agriculture could also be approached for loans which he said the state government could facilitate.

Governor Ortom stated that information made available at the last National Economic Council indicated harder times ahead hence the need for the people of the state to exploit the agriculture window where the state has comparative and competitive advantages.

He lamented herdsmen's invasion of several parts of the state with attendant destruction of lives and property saying it was a major threat to the very existence of the people of the state.

The Governor promised to take up the matter of the failure of security agencies to apprehend even one invader since the attacks on communities started in the state while enormous expenditure was made on them.

He said the issue was a national problem which required the unity of all stakeholders to tackle and appealed to the people not to take the law into their hands no matter the provocation.

Those who spoke at the meetings commended the Governor for the town hall meetings saying he was the first civilian Chief executive to initiative such a programme and urged him to sustain it.

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