BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi –
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the federal government to collaborate with states of the federation to adopt ranching as the lawfully recognised method of rearing livestock in the country to end frequent crises between herdsmen and farmers.
Governor Ortom stated this yesterday at the NKST Church Gbem, Vandeikya local government area during a thanksgiving service to mark the retirement of the Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Iorhemen Hwande.
He stated that the best solution to incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers which often results to the loss of lives and property is through ranching.
While commending Benue people for their peaceful disposition and support to the enactment and implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, the governor charged them to always report breaches of the law to security agents.
Governor Ortom described Justice Hwande as a great, humble and committed jurist who has brought dignity to the bar in the state and has positively impacted many lives.
The governor while congratulating Justice Hwande for his meritorious service to his fatherland, stated that his administration respects the principle of separation of powers among the three arms of government, a disposition he said has culminated in the independence of the judiciary and legislature in the state.
In a remark, the celebrant, Justice Hwande appreciated God for His mercies over his family and for a successful career in service to the state and country.
He acknowledged the support of governor Ortom and the cordial working relationship that has existed between him and other judges.
Also speaking, Tor Jechira, Chief Clement Uganden said governor Ortom has taken laudable steps to bring development to different parts of the state in the face of lean resources. He also congratulated Justice Hwande over his meritorious career.
Earlier in a sermon, Reverend Philip Tachin, charged the congregation to propagate the message of salvation to people in their offices and domains and to note that they were rendering service to God.