Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has urged state governments in the northern part of the country to support the call for the establishment of ranches as a way of ending frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the region.
Governor Ortom who was addressing a Breakout Session for northern states at the ongoing National Economic Summit in Abuja, said ranches remained the only reliable way out of the current security challenge posed by clashes between herdsmen and farmers as well as cattle rustling.
He informed the forum that Benue State had already taken steps to end the clashes with a bill on the establishment of ranches in the state soon to be sent to the State House of Assembly.
Governor Ortom also advocated the need for an Economic Summit for the North Central region; a move he said would aggregate the ideas and action timelines for accelerated economic development of the region.
He said Benue was giving priority to the growth of small and medium scale enterprises with particular interest in the training and empowerment of youths to acquire entrepreneurial skills and own their businesses.
In separate speeches during the breakout session, the Governors of Kaduna, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, that of Kogi, Captain Idris Wada who spoke on other sub-themes, called for focus on education and peer review among states in northern Nigeria.
Other state governors who spoke during the session were those of Katsina, Bauchi, Kwara and Gombe. The Head of Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi also attended the breakout session.
Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor