The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has stated that Nigeria will overcome the many challenges facing it when democratic and economic institutions are strengthened.
Ortom who stated this at a forum on deepening democratic governance in Nigeria on Wednesday in Washington DC, organized by United States Institute of Peace (USIP) also added that a holistic approach backed by sincerity of leadership at all levels would not only help in making Nigeria’s institutions strong but also end impunity.
Speaking further, Ortom also identified youth unemployment as a major cause of crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism.
According to him, greater collaboration between the federal and state governments could create job opportunities for young Nigerians.
He said; “In the light of this, the Benue State Government is taking to reduce unemployment through agriculture and entrepreneurship development.
“I also use this opportunity to urge USIP and other international organisations to support states such as Benue which have made laws to prohibit open grazing of livestock and are promoting ranching as the best method of animal husbandry.”
Ortom also insisted that nomadic cattle grazing is no longer practicable in a country densely populated as Nigeria.
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