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President Bola Tinubu visited Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State and Senator John Enoh, Minister of Sports Development, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Saturday.

Governor Alia told status House media following the meeting that he came to brief the President on the status of affairs.

According to Alia, the discussion with the president focused on restoring peace in Benue and relocating internally displaced people to their ancestral lands.

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He said: “Since our assumption, we have tried to be proactive in ensuring security in the state. In collaboration with security agencies, we identified potential troublemakers.

“We know there are those who benefit from trouble and won’t allow peace in the land. But we came in peace and that is why the state is currently enjoying relative peace.”

On ranching, the governor stated that the state was being inventive because of its unique position as the country’s food basket.

Alia stated that even if the ranches were not available, the state would establish a way to provide feed for the cattle.

He said: “As an agriculturally wealthy state, our idea is to take care of both the farmers and herders. The main reason for ranching is to give herds a conducive environment to flourish to their best potential.

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“The farmers will provide bounteous and nutritious fodder for the herds of cattle as well as make some revenue for themselves. So, you see, the idea of ranching will be a win-win situation for us in the state.”

The Sports Minister, for his part, stated that the purpose of the first visit was to brief the President on ministry activities.

Enoh stated that he had begun a variety of novel concepts to advance sports growth in the country.

He said: “I have to state that we must move forward in sports development through the active participation of the private sector. That’s the practice worldwide, and Nigeria must key into this.

“I intend to get approval for the offer of different types of incentives for any private sector player that adopts any sport in the country, especially those in the grassroots.

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“Similarly, we are engaged in a campaign for the AFCON championship for Nigerians to support the athletes to victory. It is called the ‘Let’s do it again’ campaign.”

The sports minister stated that he has no plans to interfere with the Super Eagles’ technical team at this time.

He stated that the ministry would pursue a strategy of selecting a unique sport in a state where people had exceptional talent.

“If we identify such sport, we shall promote it to the national and international stage,” he said.


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