Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has appealed to the people of the state to support the administration to implement the anti-open grazing law from November, 2017.
He made the appeal at the funeral of the late Emmanuel Akem, a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who was laid to rest at Ningev in Vandeikya local government area today.
Governor Ortom stated that there were threats against the implementation of the law from some cattle breeders pointing out that he needed the support of the people to withstand the threat and implement the law insisting that it had come to stay.
He stated that while the state government had not asked anyone to leave those who wish to rear cattle and other livestock in Benue must ranch in accordance with the law.
The Governor said the implementation of the law had become imperative following massive cultivation of the land as a result of advocacy for the people to intensify efforts in farming which has left no room for fallow land upon which cattle can graze.
He described the deceased as a kind hearted man who cared for humanity and related well with all classes of people.
The Governor appealed to the people of the state to reciprocate his good deeds by taking care of the family he left behind.
The Senator representing Benue North West, Dr. George Akume, described the deceased as a patriotic Nigerian who contributed in ensuring free and fair elections especially in 2015.
In his funeral sermon Pastor in charge of NKST Church, Girgi, Rev. Daniel Beba enjoined those alive to purchase their ticket to heaven through faith in Jesus Christ and good deeds.