Open Grazing Prohibition Law: Abounu Calls For Vigilance, Unveils Construction Of 5000 Housing Units

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on the Benue people to be vigilant and report violations of the anti-open grazing law to the security agents for appropriate action.

He spoke at Engila, Agatu local government area yesterday while unveiling the construction of 5,000 modern 2-bedroom bungalows for the victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks initiated by Africa Nations Development Programme (ANDP). Other beneficiaries of the proposed housing units are Agila in Ado local government area, Gbajimba in Guma and Moon in Kwande local government area.

Represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu, Governor Ortom said the anti-open grazing law was enacted to protect the lives and properties of the Benue people who before now had become hapless victims of the most horrendous acts of terrorism by Fulani herdsmen.

He said the law has the backing of not just the entire people of the state but also enjoy national and international acclaim having made copious provisions that guarantee the safety and benefit of both the crop farmers and herdsmen.

Governor Ortom who thanked the ANDP for coming to the aid of the people cautioned them to keep to their promise and not to vanish after instilling so much hope in the people.

Earlier, Country Director, World Nations Development Programme Initiative, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Eze said the project; a gift to the less privileged people of Benue state is its contribution to the “change agenda of this administration.

He disclosed that when completed, the projects shall be handed over to the less privileged people for free and added that within 6 months after the groundbreaking ceremony, their presence shall be registered while in the next one year, 70% of the 5000 units will be completed.

The Africa Director-General, ANDP, Dr Samson Omojuyigbe explained that the project which consists of the housing units, schools, police stations, markets and hospitals shall be funded 100% by ANDP with no financial cost to the State government.

The chairman, Agatu local government council, Hon. Mrs Comfort Echoda was full of thanks to Governor Ortom for restoring peace to the local government and for the numerous development projects he has brought to Agatu, and the ANDP, for giving Agatu 2,000 of the 5,000 housing units earmarked for Benue state.


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