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21 Jun 2017

Benue: We followed due process in anti-open grazing law – Ortom

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, has insisted that the state followed due process in the passage of the anti-open grazing prohibition bill and its signing into law.
Ortom made the clarification in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Godwin Akor, on Tuesday, in Makurdi.
The governor maintained that anyone who was not satisfied with the law should go to court and not think of creating anarchy.
The governor thanked the Catholic Church for standing firmly behind his administration, and added that the Bishop in-charge of the diocese had always encouraged him on matters concerning development, especially security.
Ortom further disclosed that herdsmen who were not ready to ranch their cattle were already leaving the state and called on Benue people to “allow them to depart in peace.”
He said, “those who were ready to ranch their cattle would be assisted to do so, and noted that peace has returned to the state.”
The governor praised the Catholic Church for assisting in the development of education, health and agriculture in the state and assured that his administration would continue to partner with the body of Christ.
Ortom said because he had been fighting corruption, “corruption is fighting back but victory is certain at the end of the day because the state has been dedicated to God.
“My administration has made arrangements to block loopholes in the payment of salaries, so other things have been suspended to ensure that the salary problem is tackled,” Ortom said.
Earlier, President of the Makurdi Catholic Diocesan Laity Council, Mr Damian Kpengwa, praised the governor for remaining committed to the development of the state
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