<<< By Jimin Geoffrey >>>
| 01/05/2018 |
Governor Samuel Ortom has commended the Benue State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, for using May Day to pray for victims of herdsmen attacks in the state.
He also commended the workers and civil society groups for blazing the trail to stand with him through the enactment and implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, as well as the siege on Benue communities by herdsmen militia.
The Governor made the commendation today while delivering a keynote address at the IBB Square Makurdi to mark the 2018 May Day with the theme: “Labour Movement in National Development: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win.”
He acknowledged the resilience and understanding of workers in the state in the face of irregular payment of salaries due to harsh economic realities, assuring that he would continue to give priority attention to their welfare.
While appreciating public spirited individuals, corporate organizations, civil society groups and the church for their various support to the displaced persons in the state, Governor Ortom said over 1000 military personnel led by seven generals had been deployed to curtail attacks on Benue communities.
In an address, Benue State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Godwin Anya, decried the invasion and massacre of innocent Benue citizens by militia herdsmen, saying they decided to dedicate the day to mourn the deceased.
While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to deal decisively with the herdsmen attacks the way he gave a heavy blow to corruption and Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, the NLC Chairman said many workers in the state had lost their lives to herdsmen attacks on Benue communities.
In a protest by civil society groups against the invasion of the state, leader of the protesters, Pastor Dave Ogbole said the Federal Government had failed to provide security for lives and property and called for a full fledge military operation to flush out insurgents out of Benue.
Pastors Fred Ikyaan of NKST High Level, Mike Angou, PFN Chairman Benue State, Christopher Adeyi of Zion Methodist Church High Level Makurdi and Moses Ugoo, all prayed God to cause confusion in the camps of the invaders and bring permanent peace in Benue.