Ortom does not rear snakes- Anbua
Following the interception of foreign snakes in Calabar by customs, Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Benue State, James Anbua on Monday, said Governor Samuel Ortom isn’t rearing snakes.
Anbua told newsmen in Makurdi that “no single snake farm exists in the state, let alone being owned by the governor”.
He said some unscrupulous persons were linking the governor to the foreign snakes intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service in Calabar.
The commissioner said things associated with the reptile was considered to be evil by the people of the state and that no Benue indigene would think of owning a snake farm in the state.
He said: “Ortom does not rear snakes. He does not have a snake farm.
“What he rears are snails, grass cutters, cattle of different species, among other domestic animals.’’
Anbua said the governor has done everything possible to take agriculture to lofty heights. He stressed that snake farming was certainly not part of the agricultural programmes of the state government, describing it as alien to the people.
He also said the government is not involved in snake farming, because it is not beneficial to the people.