The Benue State government will not repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition Law no matter the pressure from any quarter.
The state governor, Samuel Ortom, and the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the state, Engr Titus Uba, restated this commitment on Sunday during a Thanksgiving Mass/ reception for PDP 2023 candidates held at St John’s Secondary School playground, Gboko.
The Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law was signed into law in 2017 by Governor Ortom.
The governor, while commending Benue people for standing with his administration despite the challenges, urged them to remain strong, trusting God that the challenges would be surmounted.
Governor Ortom expressed confidence in the capacity of the PDP governorship candidate to add value to the state when elected to succeed him, noting that his acceptability among the people was a sign of victory.
According to the governor, the duo of Engineer Uba and Sir John Ngbede as running mate is a wonderful combination of an experienced technocrat and politician who will effectively drive the vision for the development of the state.
He tasked Benue people to register for ongoing voter registration to obtain their Permanent Voter’s Card, and be prepared to vote out the APC which, according to him, ‘has brought unimaginable pains to the people’.
In his remarks, the PDP governorship candidate who is also speaker of the State Assembly, Engr Uba, said his government would consolidate and build on the already solid foundation laid by Governor Ortom and would never repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law no matter the pressure.
He said the party had not made a mistake in giving him the opportunity to fly its flag in next year’s polls, stressing that Benue people would not be disappointed to offer him the opportunity to serve them.
The guber candidate pledged to tackle insecurity to guarantee the safety of people to engage in profitable agriculture.