Benue Gov. Blames Herdsmen For Non Payment of Salaries/Pension

The Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom,  has blamed fulani herdsmen for the non pay of salaries, pension and arrears of workers in the state, he said the attack has cost them a lost of  N95 billion between 2012 and 2014.

Ortoms, while addressing stakeholder at a meeting at the Benue’s People House on Tuesday, said the attack has taken a toll on the agricultural sector, which is the states strongest point.

He claimed that the constant attacks by herdsmen have cost the state a whooping  N95 billion in the last 4 years

The Governor declared a special 7 days fasting and prayer.

“We have no land for grazing and grazing routes; we cannot join grazing and farming. This has made the payment of salaries and pension, amounting to N7.8 billion a big headache for us,” he said.

The governor noted that with the ever-increasing population, ranching remained the best alternative, adding that the anti-grazing bill, sent to the House of Assembly, would be subjected to public hearing.