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Ortom urges FG to set up NorthCentral development commission

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[File] Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called for the establishment of a North-Central Development Commission (NCDC) to rebuild the communities ravaged by herdsmen banditry.

Ortom, who made this request during an interview with newsmen yesterday in Makurdi, wondered how the National Assembly had approved the establishment of a North-East Development Commission (NEDC) because it had suffered several attacks in the hands of Boko Haram without considering the same for the North-Central states.

The governor, who lamented the failure of the National Assembly to initiate a move for the establishment of a commission to that effect, also called on the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen invasion in the state by resettling them in their ancestral homes as it had earlier promised.

Ortom said that as a way of arresting the trauma pensioners of the state passed through, his administration would be signing the PENCOM bill into law tomorrow.

According to him, “this will enable workers to get their retirement benefits as they are exiting the service. The bill was initiated by the Executive to eliminate the challenges faced by pensioners.

‘’We will also source for funds to pay the pension arrears to enable pensioners attend to their needs.”

In another development, a coalition of civil society organisations has declared urged the Federal Government and citizens to reflect on over 2,000 people who lost their lives as a result of violence in the past five years in the country.

Abiodun Baiyewu of Global Rights, who spoke yesterday at Unity Fountain in Abuja, said that people are dying daily and government has not arrested any or charge the perpetrators to court for their criminal activities.

She said that the trend had continued unchecked, adding that a responsible government should value lives of citizens by putting in place measures aimed at securing them.

Also, Osai Ojigho of Amnesty International blamed government at all levels for allowing violence to characterise the polity and spread over the country.

In a similar vein, Martin Obono of Tap Initiative described killing of Nigerian people as a sad development and urged the President to prioritise security and lives of citizens in the country.


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