Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to organize a sovereign National Conference so that its resolutions will bind on all citizens to solve the current problems of inequality, insecurity and sectional fight against corruption.
The Governor made this recommendation yesterday in Makurdi during an interdenominational Independence Thanksgiving Service put together by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Benue state chapter in conjunction with the state Government.
He opined that the decisions reached that the sovereign National Conference will proffer lasting solutions to problems such as impunity and marginalization that are currently facing the nation.
Ortom further urged the Presidency to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Confab which according to him were capable of solving many problems in Nigeria.
The Governor who apologized to the masses for the failure of the Nigerian Government said there was nothing to celebrate hence his decision to organize the interdenominational thanksgiving service to pray to God for His forgiveness and solutions to the challenges.
He lamented lack of federal presence in Benue state in terms of projects and appointments owing to Party difference as he belongs to the People’s Democratic party, PDP other than the ruling APC. He encouraged Benue people to keep faith with his administration and assured them of development for the remaining time in office.
Ortom reiterated his call against the Water Resources Bill, saying it was an indirect reintroduction of the Ruga settlement Bill which was rejected by Benue people before.
He also opposed the planned regulation of the Church by the Federal Government through the Company and Allied Matters Act, CAMA 2020, and advised the FG to focus on issues within its purview which were not even properly being handled according to him.
He said the church deals with spiritual matters which do not affect the Government in any way and an attempt to interfere with its affairs may cause problems.
In his remarks, state CAN Chairman, Rev. Akpen Leva attributed the hunger being experienced in the country to insecurity. He described the CAMA law of the Federal Government as an unpopular policy and called for its reversal.