By Ogar Monday
Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom has stated that his administration is ready to partner with the Cross River State government in a joint effort to tackle, poverty, terrorist herdsmen encroachment and resolving of border crisis, especially on the Obudu and Vandekya area.
Dr. Ortom made this known when the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ivara Esu paid him a visit at the Benue State Government House, Makurdi recently.
Mr. Ortom held that the two states are faced with poverty and encroachment into their land and should both work towards presenting a unified front in the fight.
He used the opportunity to reiterate the need for proper border demarcation of the two states, to curtail communal clashes among the communities leaving along the borders.
Earlier, Professor Esu said the visit was to thank the government and people of Benue State for opening their doors to the people of Wanihem and Wanikade who had fled from their homes following a deadly communal war over land crisis.
“On behalf of the Governor and people of Cross River State, I am here to extend our warmest greetings and appreciation for housing, clothing and feeding our brothers who due to land misunderstanding, quarreled with each other, a misunderstanding that led to the wanton loss of lives and properties and means of livelihood for others,” Esu said.
He regretted that this incident happened when these persons were supposed to be most active, as these is the planting season, a period were most farmers should be engaged in the farm.
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