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(News Update) Governor Ortom, Benue Elders rejects Buhari's plan for cattle colonies


Ortom, Benue elders reject Buhari's plan for cattle colonies

pulse.ng
Jan 15, 2018 1:00 PM

The governor rejected the Federal Government's request to spare 10,000 hectares for cattle colonies.

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom with President Muhammadu Buhari  (Twitter/@MBuhari)

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, and prominent Benue leaders turned down President Muhammadu Buhari's plan to create cattle colonies in the state during a stakeholders meeting on Monday, January 15, 2018.

In a meeting that took place at the Presidential Villa, the delegation led by the governor rejected the Federal Government's request to spare 10,000 hectares for cattle colonies in a bid to put an end to the incessant clashes between roaming cattle breeders and local farming communities.
Coming on the heels of the attacks orchestrated by herdsmen that have left 73 dead in the state, Governor Ortom told State House correspondents that the delegation did not entertain the request as it has no land to spare.
He said, "In Benue, we don’t have ten hectares for colonies, other states may have, but we don’t have in Benue State."
The governor, who's always opposed the plan, said that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, who is proposing the idea, explained that the cattle colonies are a combination of several ranches.
The governor further said that President Buhari reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the perpetrators of the recent killings in the state are arrested and prosecuted.