Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said that the State will vehemently reject the purported planned review of the Land Use Act by the Federal Government which is meant to grab States land for open grazing, cattle routes and grazing reserves.
The Governor who disclosed this while reacting to allegations of planned review of the Land Use Act of 1978 to give ownership of land to the FG, to allow them push for take over of water ways and River Banks said Benue will not accept such game.
“Any attempt to review the Land Use Act by the presidency would not be acceptable by Benue State because it is another calculated attempt to grab land from the people for open grazing, and I also wish to state clearly that the continued insistence on open grazing and cattle routes by the FG connotes a hiding agenda”
Ortom also said no Livestock Guards will be held responsible for any strayed cattle in the course of trying to impound livestock that contravene the ranching law of the state.
He lamented the way armed herders attack and kill Livestock Guards alongside other conventional security agents in the course of discharging their responsibilities saying, force has to be applied to impound stray cattles.
“If herdsmen had obeyed the ranching law of the state and complied with its provisions, nothing of such would have happened in the first place let alone the blame game”
The Governor who received the Assistant Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in charge of Zone H, Harilu Usman, acknowledged the support of Agro Rangers to peace and security in the state.
ACG Haliru Usman while pledging his commitment to peace and security in Benue and other states under his jurisdiction, commended the Governor Ortom for the declaration of Thursdays and Fridays as public holidays for civil servants to go to their farms is no a demonstration that Benue is truly the Food Basket of the Nation.