The Guardian (Nigeria)

Benue, Nasarawa govs meet, reignite brotherlin­ess

- From Joseph Wantu, Makurdi

Band Nasarawa states have made a pledge to keep the peace and unity between both states in the face of obvious threats to their security, unity and brotherlin­ess. This was the consensus yesterday when Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State visited his Benue State counterpar­t, Samuel Ortom, at the Government House, Makurdi.

Sule maintained that the unity of Benue and Nasarawa states was nonnegotia­ble, noting that the relative peace both states had enjoyed in the recent past should be sustained.

The Nasarawa governor, who stated this when he led a delegation from Lafia on a solidarity visit to Benue State, maintained that there was the need to renew their commitment towards strengthen­ing the BenueNasar­awa-plateau ties that existed in the past.

Sule stated that since he became governor, security has improved in the state, its environs and neighbouri­ng states, which informed his decision to visit Ortom.

“There can be no better time for this visit having witnessed relative peace in both states. Before now, we all belonged to BenuePlate­au and so we have a high population of Tiv, Idoma and Igala in Nasarawa and Benue states, therefore, we must protect them.

“We are one people and the most important resources is our people, therefore, our interest is to protect the people. This is what informed my visit to Benue. We must work together as one, because it is only when there is peace that there can be developmen­t.

“We will industrial­ise Nasarawa State. We have allocated 68,000 hectares of land to Dangote Group for the building of sugar factory in Awe Local Council,” he stated.

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