In view of the recent pronouncement by the federal government to revive grazing routes, the Benue State government has said that no land in Benue State has been gazetted for grazing routes, grazing reserves, cattle colonies, as well as Ruga settlements.
This is even as the state governor, Samuel Ortom asked the federal government to count Benue out of its plan to commence rehabilitation work on grazing reserves across the country.
Governor Samuel Ortom, who made this known through his chief press secretary, Terver Akase said, “We may not stop the federal government’s plan to rehabilitate grazing reserves or create cattle routes in other states, but we wish to make it clear that no land in Benue State has been gazetted for grazing routes, grazing reserves, cattle colonies and Ruga settlements.”
“Based on this, I want to state categorically that Benue State is therefore, not part of the grazing reserves rehabilitation programme of the federal government.
“We have been reading and hearing in the media, the pronouncement by the federal government to soon commence rehabilitation work on grazing reserves in the country, we find the move not only shocking and curious but also a misplaced priority.”
“At a time the country is worried about the worsening security situation and many Nigerians are calling for national dialogue to address the fundamental issues that have led to the present state of affairs, the federal government considers the reopening of cattle grazing routes as the only solution available for the country’s current predicament, this is incredible.”