The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has accused opposers of the Southern Governors’ decision to ban open grazing of cattle of having a hidden agenda.
Ortom stated this at Holy Ghost Parish Hall in Makurdi while delivering his speech on the occasion of ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021’, organized by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
Recall that governors in 17 states of the southern part of Nigeria banned open grazing of cattle in the region.
The Peoples Democratic Party Governor in his statement claimed that the Southern Governors have chosen the right path to address insecurity.
The Benue State Governor further stated that Nigeria remains a great country with potentials and ordinarily should not business with poverty if the lives and property of its citizens are secured.
Ortom appreciated church and Muslims in the state as well as residents for being supportive of his administration just as he acknowledged the good reportage of government policies and programmes by the Directorate of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
He noted that his government will commence teaching vernacular in schools in the next academic session, adding that children must be trained and supported to inculcate reading in them, even as he described communication as key in society.
The Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Most Reverend Wilfred Anagbe, while speaking said, social communication was meant to uplift humanity and the society, emphasising that it remains a positive aspect of reality of life and not the other way round.
Anagbe also advocated for the teaching of history and vernacular in primary and secondary schools in the state as he maintained that language defines a man and so should not be allowed to go extinct.