According to Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, President Muhammadu Buhari and other state governors have agreed that ranches should be established to address incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes instead of grazing reserves, reports Vanguard.
Making the disclosure yesterday in Jos, at the dedication of the new headquarters of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Lalong said grazing reserves would not address the clashes and the killings.
He said: “The President and governors agreed that there would be no grazing areas; ranches would be established by government where the cattle would be kept in one place and fed. Government will provide facilities like medical, schools and other needs in the ranches.”
According to him, the ranches would not be for Fulani herdsmen alone but for whoever reared cattle. He said the Buhari’s administration inherited myriads of problems, saying herdsmen/farmers saga was just one of such problems and urged the people to be patient.
The governor urged Plateau citizens to pray for the state and the Federal Government as all the problems could not be solved in one year.
Also speaking, the Senator representing Plateau South, Lt.-Gen. Jeremiah Useni (retd), said delegates at the 2014 National Conference agreed that grazing reserves should be a state affair, not federal. He said it would be difficult for farmers to support the establishment of grazing areas as they would not donate their farms for grazing purposes.
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