Ortom pledges to tackle marginalisation of indigenes at federal level
Farmers, Indians compare notes at agric fair
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has pledged to tackle the marginalization of a section of the state in the federal civil service and recruitment into military and paramilitary organizations. He spoke at the funeral of the late Mrs. Kwaghngu Victoria Atsaga, in Mbakuha, Ushongo Local Government Area.
Governor Ortom also stated that the trial of those arrested for possession of illegal weapons for prosecution would commence on the first day of September this year as the amnesty period he had declared would have expired the previous day.
He said his strategy for addressing the issues of the marginalization included the setting up of a committee of retired police commissioners to mobilize indigenes of the state for the next recruitment exercise into the police as well as making relevant contacts with those in charge of the organizations.
Meanwhile, a delegation of farmers from the state and their Indian counterparts have compared notes on how to boost agriculture at the ongoing India Agric. and Industrial Machine Exhibition in Lagos.
Economic Adviser to the Benue Governor and leader of delegation, Dr. Ben Melladu, said the delegation was at the show to acquaint farmers with modern agricultural and industrial tools.
Melladu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Benue industrial and agriculture machine fabricators were ready to partner with their Indian exhibitors if necessary.
The show is being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Indian High Commission. He said that the delegation would meet with some of the established exhibitors to discuss the possibilities of training.
Benue, being the food basket of the nation, our major interest is in agriculture, and thank God this administration is also looking towards that. “We need to use this exhibition and any other future collaborations with foreign investors as opportunities to better ourselves and our own industry. “The government shall meet with the organisers to discuss ways in which our local machine fabricators can be encouraged to build machines like this for export,” Melladu said.
One of the organisers of the exhibition, Mr. Paul Olugbade, said it was to build and maintain better business relationships between Nigeria and India, and increase its trade volumes. Mr. Manish Dixit, one of the Indian exhibitors and Chief Executive Officer, Eden Energy India Ltd, said his machines were fuel efficient.