The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom has reportedly provided brand new wheelbarrows as a way of empowering youths in the state.
Photos of the wheelbarrows with the governor’s name printed on them have since gone viral on social media, and have elicited a lot of reactions from Nigerians.
According to an unidentified Facebook user, “Benue is a state known for farming, the governor decided to provide youths with wheelbarrows to help in carrying their produce.”
Meanwhile, the governor has given his opinion on how to end the farmers-herdsmen crisis in Nigeria.
Ortom said the ban of open grazing and provision of infrastructures for cattle ranching are the only lasting solutions to the crisis between farmers and herdsmen in Nigeria.
“Benue state is an agrarian state – the food basket of the nation – and we have no industries. We have no other means of livelihood except farming so it becomes very tasking to support open grazing and farming together.
“The increase in Nigeria’s population has led to increase in human activities; more road networks, more hospitals, more settlement, more farming etc. And the land is not increasing proportionately.
“For us in Benue state, today, if you go there today, there are no empty lands for grazing. So, when herdsmen come to do open grazing, there is no way, no matter how hard they try to control their animals, (these are animals; they are not human beings) they derail to peoples’ farms and then crisis ensue.” the governor said.
By Bright Bassey