The significance of the forthcoming African Food Festival which is to be hosted by Benue State in November 2018, again came to the front burner today when Governor Samuel Ortom received a delegation of the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council, AU-ECOSOCC, on a courtesy call at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi.
Speaking during the courtesy call, Governor Ortom acknowledged the huge economic benefits that would accrue to the state from the festival, while describing food as a major component of life.
He stated that as Food Basket of the Nation, the state would always play active role in promoting food security.
The Governor acknowledged the improved security situation in the state due to the relentless efforts of the federal government and support of people of the state, stressing that Nigerians had keyed into the ranching era as the best option towards curbing farmers and herders clashes.
Governor Ortom further averred that Benue would not be surrendered to criminal elements under whatever guise.
In a remark, leader of the delegation and Nigerian Representative and Chairperson, Social Affairs (Cluster Committee) of AU-ECOSOCC, Dr. Tunji John Asaolu, expressed appreciation to the Governor for donating land for the project.
He noted that the festival would among other things, build a prosperous Africa with strong cultural values and common heritage, sustainable development as well as a peaceful and secured continent.
Dr. Asaolu further stated that the food festival would reawaken the spirit of Benue State as Food Basket of the Nation, even as he pledged their support to the laudable programmes and policies of the Ortom-led administration.