Benue state governor Samuel Ortom has called for the revival of the green revolution in Nigeria. This he said would curb extreme hunger poverty and mitigate the effect of the impending phase of recession.
He made this known tuesday at a reception organised by Christain Organisation of Nigeria in honour of the Tor Tiv Professor James Ayatse on his election as National Chairman, Board of Trustees Association of Christain Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (AOCTRON).
Governor Ortom noted that engagement in commercial agricultural activities including processing and marketing would add value to the economy through wealth creation and provision of jobs stressing that loans could be accessed through the Bank of Agriculture and Bank of Industry.
He said that as part of the delibrate policy of his administration to encourage the green revolution, government would ensure massive land clearing to encourage cultivation of farm lands.
He also noted that his administration was considering an amendment to the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue state to provide stiffer penalties for offenders and make lands available for cropping.
While acknowledging the competence of the monarch to deliver on his assignmemt, governor Ortom urged spiritual leaders to add to their congregation message of works as faith without works is dead.
Tor Tiv Professor James Ayatse said AOCTRON was neither a pressure group nor political organisation formed to fight against other nationalities or religion stressing that through collaboration with religious and non religious bodies, there would be peace, love and unity in the country.
He solicited the support and prayer of all to enable him suceed in his divine assignment adding that the prince of peace residing in him would direct his every step and action.
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