Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said no part of Benue land is available for the Federal Government’s proposed ranching programme.
Ortom rather urged those interested in cattle business to embrace ranching which is a line with the Anti-Open Prohibition Law passed by the House of Assembly.
The governor, who spoke at the Government House in Makurdi while inaugurating chairmen and members of Government Agencies, said any land to be leased out must be in line with the Anti-Open Grazing Law.
He said: “The plan is part of creating cattle colonies to grab our land and give it out for grazing. But we say no; ranching is the best practice for animal husbandry.”
The governor reiterated his calls for restructuring and state police so that the state government can stop invaders from Libya or wherever.
“I’m an advocate of state police and there is need for restructuring so that we can stop invaders from coming into the state to kill us, whether they are from Libya of wherever,” he added.
Ortom also commiserated with his Plateau State counterpart, Simon Lalong and the people, describing the attacks as barbaric, inhuman and unfortunate