Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, Backs Deregulation Of Oil Sector

The Benue state Government has backed the Federal Government’s decision to deregulate the oil sector. Governor Samuel Ortom made known the position of his administration while speaking at St. Francis’ Catholic Church, Efugo, Otukpa, Ogbadibo LGA of the state, during the funeral of mama Elizabeth Ogbeh, mother of the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbeh.

The Governor said the decision of the Buhari administration to remove subsidy on petroleum products was the best option for the country in the face of the present economic challenges.

He said though the removal of oil subsidy would create immediate difficulties for Nigerians, the benefits will be greater in the long run.

Governor Ortom reiterated his call for the establishment of ranches as a reliable solution to frequent attacks on communities in the state by herdsmen which result in the loss of many lives.

He enjoined other Nigerians to encourage herdsmen to embrace ranches, stressing that the idea of grazing reserves was not feasible in a state like Benue where the people are predominantly farmers.

The Governor consoled the Ogbeh family and prayed God to grant their mother Elizabeth eternal rest.

Earlier, Chief Audu Ogbeh announced that the Federal Government would soon establish centres for the collection of donated clothes and other items from good spirited Nigerians which will be taken to internally displaced persons in parts of the country.
Chief Ogbeh thanked all those who had identified with the family in its time of grief.

The Bishop of Otukpo Diocese, Most Reverend Dr Michael Apochi, in a sermon, urged Christians to always help the poor while they are alive and not wait till they pass away.

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