Benue Governorship Hopeful, Akase, Urges Fellow Contenders To Prioritize Open Grazing Prohibition Law

Benue Governorship Hopeful, Akase, Urges Fellow Contenders To Prioritize Open Grazing Prohibition Law

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Governorship contender on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Benue State, Mr. Terver Akase, has charged aspirants on the party’s platform to consider as a top priority upholding the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law of the state and other laws which seek to guarantee more meaningful lives to citizens of the state to provide security of lives and property, needed for the peace and development of the state.

Mr. Akase, who gave the charge Thursday, while reacting to Governor Ortom’s assent on the amended open grazing law, after witnessing the ceremony held at Government House, Makurdi, during an interview with journalists, described the assent as a manifestation of the general feelings of the Benue people and noted that its enforcement was non-negotiable as the legislation was the only viable approach in responding to the herdsmen menace which has inflicted so much hardship on the people. 

The Governorship contender further explained that as a politician seeking to govern the state, he was at Government House to demonstrate support to the governor and people of the state, bearing in mind that the amended law assented to by the governor was the only available known solution towards peace between herders and farmers with no other superior solution ever presented by any body since the outbreak of the crises more than 5 years, and lauded Benue Assembly for amending the law, describing it as timely and an appropriate intervention towards a lasting solution to the Benue killings and displacement of communities by the Fulani jihadists. 

The immediate past chief press secretary to the Benue Governor who described the signing of the law as one of the most important functions the governor has performed this year, expressed optimism that the amendment will ensure security of lives, provide the needed peace for community development to thrive as well as bring harmonious relationship between herders and farmers, and promised to uphold the enforcement of the law if he would be allowed to succeed Ortom, as Governor, to guarantee the security of lives and property as well as the development of communities.

Mr. Akase, who urged Benue people to sustain support to the state government to enable the administration continue to live up to it’s campaign promises, equally suede for collaborative effort from all stakeholders to end the ugly trend which has led to the displacement of over 1.5 million people, noting that ranching is the only sustainable approach to ensure peace and unity among herders and farmers. 

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