Governor Samuel Ortom has described the setting up of the presidential committee on farmers- herders crisis as step in the right direction.
Governor Ortom spoke Thursday when he received members of the committee led by General Musa Ibrahim of the Nigerian Army Defence headquarters, Abuja at Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
He said the committee is a better initiative than the earlier utterances by the minister of defence on the Benue killings which to a large extent, injured the sensibilities of people of the state.
Governor Ortom also expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Army which operation whirl stroke since its coming on board has made effort to restore normalcy making it possible for some internally displaced persons camps (IDPs) to return to their ancestral homes.
He told the committee that the ranching law which is sacrosanct to Benue was not in any way targeted at anyone or ethnic group but a way of improving the well being of nomads who may not necessarily be of Fulani ethnic nationality.
The governor who restated the commitment of his administration to its ranching law, expressed hope that the committee would do justice to its findings.
Chairman of the presidential committee on farmers- herders crisis, General Umar Ibrahim said they were in Benue on the directive of the Minister of Defence to reassess the situation and report back.
General Ibrahim expressed the readiness of the committee to interact with farmers in the state with the view to taking a positive decision.