… Pledges To Tackle It When Elected As Governor
The Governorship aspirants under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who also doubles as member of the governing body of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and Federal University Otuoke, Bayellsa State, Richard Tersoo Mnenga has lamented Insecurity as greatest challenge facing Bunue State, as he promised to address it if elected as the governor come 2023.
Mnenga who made the indication while interacting with journalists during a media parley in Abuja on Wednesday noted that dealing with insecurity is all about diplomacy, as he revealed that it has been claimed that the Fulani herdsmen attacking the State are foreigners but in his views, a foreigner can not attack without the aid of the insiders.
According to him, “Our greatest challenge in Benue state is insecurity but through proper consultation, we can be able to put it to an end, if the criminal activities are curtailed, farmers can go to farm so that our government economy would be improved.
“If I become a Governor, I will dialogue the issue with the relevant stakeholders, especially Northern leaders because I have a good relationship with them so that we can bring it to an end. Insecurity is a global issue, President Buhari home town is not left out and Zamfara is even worst, all these are Fulani State,” he said.
Speaking on the farming activities in Benue state, he explained that “I will do exactly what former Governor of Kano state, Alhaji Audu Bako did by dig dam around them so that so farming activities can be done through irrigation mechanisation”.
He said, “farming activities can be carried out through the year and it’s very simple to do because Benue people were proud farmers. Instead of our youth engaging in political thugs activities, waiting for politicians to give them money, we would keep them busy with mechanised farming because the major priority in Benue is to give a new dimension to Agriculture.
“See the way yam is cultivated in Benue state and if we decided to build Yam flour mills now, it would solve unemployment and enrich the farmers and same thing goes to Orange, Pineapple and Mango, and I will give attention to these areas that have not been giving to”.