Any Nigerian who opposes the Southern Governors’ stance on the ban on open grazing of cattle, according to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, has a secret agenda.
Governor Ortom delivered a speech today at Makurdi’s Holy Ghost Parish Hall on the occasion of ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021,’ which was organized by the Nigerian Communications Commission.
He said that his colleagues from the southern part of the country were on the right track in addressing insecurity in Nigeria, emphasizing that open grazing was no longer an option due to development and population growth in the country.
Governor Ortom said that Nigeria is a great country with great potentials that should have no business with poverty if lives and property were guaranteed, and people were allowed to remain stable in their communities to pursue opportunities in farming and other projects.
The Governor thanked the Christians and Muslims in Benue State, as well as the residents.
He also acknowledged the good reportage of government policies and programmes by the Directorate of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi and all the media groups in Benue, pointing out that his administration would always welcome constructive criticism.
The Governor who hinted his administration’s plans to commence teaching of vernacular in schools in the next academic session, said children must be trained and supported to inculcate reading in them, even as he described communication as key in the society.
Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Most Reverend Wilfred Anagbe stated that social communication was meant to uplift humanity and the society, stressing that it is a positive aspect of reality of life and not the other way round.
Bishop Anagbe who advocated for teaching of history and vernacular in primary and secondary schools in the State said language defines a man and so it should not be allowed to go extinct.