Youths under the aegis of ‘Middle Belt Youth Organisations’ have called on the Federal Government to establish the North Central Development Commission without further delay.
The youths also added their voice to the creation of State Police and a National Policy on Ranching to end open grazing in the country.
Officials of the Middle Belt Youth Organisations led by their Coordinator and President, Benue Youth Forum, Comrade Terrence Kuanum, made the call today during a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
Mr Kuanum said it had become necessary for the Federal Governent to consider the demands among other important issues they find necessary for the overall development of the country.
He told the Governor that as a group, they were deeply worried by the various security challenges in the Middle Belt region, especially Benue, Kaduna South and Plateau States being perpetrated by young people like them and commended Governor Ortom’s efforts so far in trying to curb the menace, advising other leaders of the region to emulate his statesmanship and strategies.
Governor Ortom in a response, applauded youths in the Middle Belt for throwing their weight behind his administration’s clarion call for justice, equity and fairness in the country.
Governor Ortom explained that his administration owes no one apology for insisting on justice, equity and fairness for the country and would therefore, continue to stand by what it felt was right.
He expressed happiness that his colleague Governors have come out to ban open grazing in the country, describing as unfortunate, the decision by others to hide under cattle rearing to take over land.