Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has solicited partnership with the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, for advocacy on the establishment of ranches in the country.
He spoke while declaring open the 2017 annual international convention of the association which was held at the auditorium of the College of Health Sciences of the Benue State University in Makurdi, today.
Represented by the Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, the Governor reiterated that ranching would permanently solve the problem of incessant clashes between farmers and herders.
“We appeal to the Association of Nigerian Authors to partner with us on the advocacy for the establishment of ranches as an international best practice which can ensure lasting peace between herders and farmers across the state,” he stated
“Our Anti-Open Grazing Law of 2017 has a lot of promise to permanently end the menace of farmers-herders conflicts.”
Governor Ortom stated that in spite of grave financial challenges the state government accepted to host the Convention on account of the conviction that ideas propagated by writers can help in tackling current challenges.
He expressed hope that the event would add value to the development of the State as indigenes would interact with literary icons who always mentor and encourage those with the potentials to follow in their footsteps.
The Governor said his administration was determined to produce subsequent generations of creative writers by delivering on quality education which emphasizes excellence.
“We took the bold decision of closing down over 2200 illegal schools that did not meet the required standards even as we are set to hand over private and Missionary secondary schools to their original owners who can better manage them for better results as was the case before they were taken over,” he stressed.