…Pledges to support the Govvernor
By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
The entire people of the Benue State South Senatorial District have unanimously commended the Executive Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom for vigourously fighting against the spread of the pandamic ravaging the entire world in Benue State.
This is contained in the resolutions reached at the end of the meeting of stakeholders of Idoma and Igede extraction at the instance of the Govvernor to consider critical issues confronting the zone with a view to charting the way forward for the overall development of the zone and the State at large at Government House Makurdi.
The Meeting had in attendance Stakeholders from all walks of life of Idoma/Igede extraction as follows;
Members of the Benue State Executive Council, Judges in the State, Members of the Benue State House of Assembly, Members of the National Assembly, Some prominent Leaders,Traditional Rulers,Religious Leaders, Local Government Chairmen and Other Idoma/Igede sons and daughters of prominence,
The following resolutions were reached at ;
that.the people of Benue South Senatorial District commended the Executive Governor of Benue State for inviting prominent sons and daughters of the Zone to brainstorm on ways of addressing insecurity in the area, meeting encouraged the conduct of seminars and workshops for Traditional Rulers and other Stakeholders to understand Chieftaincy Laws and their responsibilities and for youth to receive orientation on cultural values.
That the State Government was encouraged to decisively address the issue of insecurity in Benue South Senatorial District occasioned by youths empowered by some individuals in society, Government should ensure that education encompasses cultural and societal norms to prevent youths in the communities from taking to crime,
Security Agencies should live up to the task of restricting Inter-State travels to contain the spread of COVID-19 disease.
That the State Government should establish a security post in Agila, Ado Local Government Area to help in resolving the boundary issues in the area,
The boundary issues in Taraku and Otukpo should be resolved as a matter of urgency and kidnapping in Adum and Ito be checked, Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law to be enforced with greater vigor in Benue South Senatorial District, Stakeholders unanimously agreed to support Open Grazing Law.
That the State Government is highly commended for its proposal to grant a two-day leave of absence each week for Civil Servants to engage in agricultural activities as this will serve to provide food security in the State, Efforts should be made to curtail insecurity in Idoma land in places such as Agila-Ngbo, People of Benue South Senatorial District should unite and support Security Agencies in ensuring safety of lives and property in the area.
That the Security Agencies in the State should be urged to ensure diligent persecution of suspected persons and their sponsors in line with Law, Benue people should be encouraged intensively to take up agricultural activities as the next foundation of the Nigerian economy following the near collapse of the International oil economy.
That Notable members of the public should be discouraged from pressurizing Security Agencies into releasing suspected criminals and offenders from custody until full determination of their cases in the court of law, Prominent Elders and Stakeholders in the State were encouraged to be united in the efforts to develop the state which would be an exemplary reference for youths to exhibit similar unity.
That Stakeholders unanimously pledged their support for the State Government to succeed, Stakeholders commended Governor Samuel Ortom for aggressively providing infrastructure in rural communities in the State, Stakeholders resolved that the template for the meeting should be extended to Local Government level. Elected officials were encouraged to spend more time interfacing with the people of their constituencies and Further steps should be taken to reposition Vigilante Groups with the inauguration of the Community Policing Advisory Council by the Executive Governor in order to complement conventional Security Agencies.