Open Grazing Ban Critics Have Hidden Agenda — Gov. Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Thursday said any Nigeri­an opposed to Southern governors’ decision banning open grazing of cattle has a hidden agenda.

Ortom made this known when he spoke at the Holy Ghost Parish Hall, Makurdi, on the occasion of the Media Week and Commu­nications Day 2021, organised by Catholic Diocese of Mak­urdi.

He hailed his counterparts in the Southern states for the bold step and for towing a path that would address insecurity in Nigeria, even as he insisted that open grazing was no lon­ger fashionable in the country due to development and popu­lation growth.

He also explained that Ni­geria is a country with great potentials, which, ordinarily, should not be wallowing in poverty, if security for lives and property in the country were guaranteed.

He added that if the peo­ple were allowed to stabilise in their localities to explore opportunities in farming and other ventures, Nigeria would be a great country.

While Governor Ortom expressed appreciation to the Church and Muslims in the state for remaining support­ive of his administration, he acknowledged the good reportage of government policies and programmes by the Directorate of Social Com­munication of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi and oth­er media groups in the state, adding that his administra­tion would always welcome constructive criticism.

The governor further hint­ed that his administration would soon commence the teaching of indigenous lan­guages in schools during the next academic session.

He noted that government would ensure that children were trained and supported to inculcate reading habits in them, even as he described communication as key to de­velopment in the society.

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Earlier, in his remark, the Catholic Bishop, Makurdi Diocese, Most Reverend Wil­fred Anagbe, pointed out that social communication was meant to uplift humanity and the society, stressing that it is a positive aspect of reality of life.

Also while Bishop Anagbe advocated teaching of histo­ry and indigenous language in primary and secondary schools in the state, he stated that language defines a man and so should not be allowed to go into extinction.

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