Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has stated that there are no longer available lands in the state to be used for the purpose of grazing reserves proposed by the Federal Government.
The Governor said this yesterday during a courtesy call on him by a combined team of the National Emergency Management Agency and House of Representatives Committee on Disaster Management, who visited to commiserate with him and the people of Benue over the Fulani invasion and to donate relief materials to the victims.
He stressed the need for the Fulanis to begin to consider ranching their cattle rather than advocating for grazing routes and grazing reserves, noting that in other parts of the world, cattle are kept in ranches.
“This is cropping season and our farmers need to go back to farm otherwise, we are calling for famine next year. That is why we are seriously advocating for cattle ranches instead of grazing reserve because the land is no more there. The population of Nigeria has grown far beyond the establishment of grazing reserves”, he said.
Earlier, Governor Ortom decried the endless attacks by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on the people of the State.
He listed the local government areas already under the siege of the invading Fulani herdsmen to include Agatu, Guma, Buruku, Kwande, Logo, Gwer, Gwer-West, Tarka and Makurdi.
The Governor, who also played host to the Commander, 35 Base Service Group (BSG) of the Nigeria Air Force in Makurdi, Air Commodore Olumide Olatunji also decried the influx of Fulani Herdsmen and their cattle on the premises of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM).
“We are calling on foreigners who came from other parts of the world to graze their cattle on our lands to go back and allow the traditional Fulani herders who have lived with us for many years to remain. We are ready to provide them security as they go back to where they came from,” the Governor said.
Benue Don't Have Land For Grazing Reserve- GOV ORTOM
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