'Akume Never Wanted Me To Sign Anti-Open Grazing Law' - Ortom
It is apparent Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator George Akume are not on the same page as regards the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.
Ortom said that Akume never wanted him to assent to the law.
Ortom spoke at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi when Masev Development Association; Mbalom Unity and Progress Association; and Dooshima U Kasev Mbasa visited him.
The governor said he gathered Benue stakeholders in May 2017 to sign the ranching law in their presence, but Senator George Akume called him aside and asked him not to assent to the law without giving any convincing reason.
He said when he asked Akume to inform the stakeholders about his advice, the senator left him in anger.
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Ortom wondered why a senator whose constituency had suffered human and material losses to herders’ attacks would oppose a law proffering solution to the carnage and go out telling the world that his people were killing themselves.
Addressing the challenges presented to him, the governor directed the immediate construction of classroom blocks at LGEA Primary School, Atu, and the sinking of two boreholes in Mbasa.
He assured the people that he would also attend to the challenges presented by the other groups as resources permitted.
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