By Sunday Iduh
The Benue State House of Assembly has called on government to deploy special forces to enforce compliance with the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 at Moon and Mbaav, Mbadura community of Kwande Local Government Area.
Members specifically mention the Agro Rangers recently launched by the state government as a component of the National Livestock Transformation Plan to be deployed in liason with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for the purpose.
In a motion of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Tertsea Gbiseh, Kwande East, the House commended the Benue state government for the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017.
The House also appealed to the Governor to liaise with relevant authorities for deployment of more troops to Moon, Mbadura, Yaav and Mbaikyor communities in Turan, Kwande Local Government Area and other border communities in Benue State.
The House also called on the state government to hasten work on the proposed Internally Displaced Persons camp at Azaibo, Turan to temporarily provide accommodation for the Internally Displaced Persons, urging the Benue State Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials as succour to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Turan, Kwande Local Government.
Hon. Gbiseh informed the House that the National Boundary Commission that is charged with the responsibility of resolving boundary matters was recently on a peace mission and advocacy visit to the border communities of Benue state.
He explained that the convoy of the Benue State Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu who led Benue delegation had to stop to allow herdsmen with hundreds of cattle cross the road from Anyiase to Jato-Aka on several occasions before continuing their journey back to Makurdi.
According to him, Moon, Mbadura, Mbaikyor communities of Turan District have experienced violent crises in recent years occasioned by killer herdsmen invasion with Moon council ward taken over by the herdsmen, adding that these communities have been rendered homeless for over eight years with their houses, crops and other valuable items worth hundreds of millions of naira destroyed.
“The influx of herdsmen in these affected areas and other local governments in Benue state have continued on daily basis thus causing, panic and tension among the people and inhabitants of these communities as widely reported in four newspapers of Thursday, 27th February, 2020,” he said.
Meanwhile, six executive bills were presented before the House last week.
The bills include A Bill for a Law to make Provision for Supplementary Appropriation for the Year ending the 31st December, 2020; A Bill for a Law to Amend the Urban Development Board Law and for Purposes Connected therewith, 2020 and A Bill for a Law to Make Provisions for the Land Use (Designation of Urban Areas) in the State and for Purposes Connected therewith, 2020
Others include: A Bill for a Law to Amend the Benue State University Law, CAP 15 Laws of Benue state, 2004, 2020; A Bill for a Law to Repeal the College of Advanced and Professional Studies Law, CAP 35 Laws of Benue State, 2004 and to make provisions for the Establishment of Akawe Torkula Polytechnic and for Purposes Connected therewith, 2020 and A Bill for a Law to Repeal the College of Agriculture, Yandev Law, CAP36 Laws of Benue State, 2004 and to Make Provisions for the Establishment of Akperan Orshi Polytechnic and for Purposes Connected therewith, 2020.