The Permanent Secretary to the Benue State ministry of Education has endorsed the upcoming University of Mkar Student Executive Council Public lecture on farmers/herdsmen clash themed BENUE STATE OPEN GRAZING PROHIBITION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF RANCHES LAW 2017; A PANACEA FOR REDUCING FARMERS/HERDSMEN CLASH.
Mr Amee received a delegation of the Student Executive Council led by the President Joseph Nomnor Zahemen in his office located at the State Ministry of Education Secretariat Makurdi Benue State, the delegation which also consisted of the Vice President Comr Acha John, Secretary General Ahaa Atoo Meshack, Public Relations Officer Bem Dagba, CPC Secretary Comr Goodness Rotimi and the Chaplain of the University expressed worries as regards to the current wave of insecurity in the State and mentioned that there where ripples and a great surge of indigens basking under the ambience of fear, fear of the reppercausion and continuous spate of killings in the State.
The President Joseph Nomnor who spoke on behalf of the delegation described the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment of Ranches Law as a “wonderful piece of legislation” stating categorically that the practice of Nomadism was archaic and no longer profitable in this present age of Information Technology. Joseph stated that Ranching was an economic blueprint which has been proven to increase the yield and quality of milk. Joseph Quoted the Minister of Agriculture Chief Audu Ogbeh when he decried the low production of milk in Nigeria saying that “an average cow in the country produces less that one litre of milk per day compared to those from other countries where a cow could produce 100 litres per day”
It can be recalled that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Chief Audu Ogbeh at the 79th anniversary of Ikoyi Club 1938 Lagos in September 2017 said that an average cow in Holland produces a minimum of 50 litres of milk per day , while in the United States , milk production per cow could rise to over 100 litres and all this was as a result of Ranching. Joseph said the constant movment of cows from one place to another via foot was a major problem affecting Security, peace and even the milk production in Nigeria , stressing that the earlier Herders and stakeholders involved in the livestock business started developing ranches for cows , the better it would be for the cow market and the safty of citizens in the state.
Rt Comr Acha who also spoke at the Courtsey call stressed on the need for total support and public sensitization of the Law. Acha Stated that Benue Leaders have to come together as a United Entity putting aside tribal, ethnic or Party affiliations for the intrest of Benue State. He stated that Ranching was a practice done in other developed countries who have been yielding the economic benefit of Ranching. He also called in the Minister of Education and the Benue State Government led by His Excellency Dr Samuel Ortom Phd to key into the Public lecture and as people friendly policy such as the Open Grazing Prohibition Law needed to be properly publized and taught to majority of people in the state who are ignorant of the content of the law most especially Students.
The Permanent Secretary praised the students for their wonderful initiative and assured the students of his support and commitment towards the success of the Public Lecture. He described the Students as Change Agents indeed noting that the University of Mkar has again proven to be a true citadel of quality and innovative minds and as such deserved every support it needed in making sure the Public Lecture is a sucess. He also called on all other Sons and Citizens of Benue State to Endorse the programme describing it as a positive development.