Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has put together a special livestock taskforce charged with the implementation of the anti-open grazing law to promote peaceful co-existence between cattle-rearers and farmers in the state.
Addressing the taskforce at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi, yesterday, the governor charged members to perform their duties judiciously, emphasising that enforcing the law would safeguard the dream of a prosperous society for all state residents.
Governor Ortom, particularly noted that the taskforce was made up of technocrats and others experienced in security and traditional leadership with the Special Adviser on Security, Edwin Jando as its chairman.
Urging them not to disappoint the people, the governor also guaranteed residents of the state the freedom to live and work unhindered provided they operate within the ambit of the law.
“Your terms of reference are, therefore, embedded in the law which you must always use for the performance of your duties. My dear members of the taskforce as professionals, traditional rulers and security conscious people, your choice on the taskforce is not merely by coincidence but deliberate.
I urge you to use your wealth of experience, knowledge, foresight and contact to successfully perform this onerous task.” He said.
In a response on behalf of other taskforce members, Special Adviser on Security, Edwin Jando thanked the governor for finding them worthy of service while promising that they will take their roles seriously