By Ephraims Sheyin
As the talk over cattle colonies rages in Plateau, the chairmen and conventional rulers of Mangu and Bokkos Local Governments have stated that no land had been allotted for that goal.
Media experiences had quoted Governor Simon Lalong as naming the 2 areas amongst locations that had supplied lands for cattle colonies proposed by agriculture minister Audu Ogbeh, as a part of measures to finish herdsmen/farmers clashes.
Ogbeh had, certainly, listed Plateau among the many 16 states that had indicated curiosity and have been prepared to supply lands for the cattle colonies.
But native authorities chairmen and conventional rulers within the two Plateau Central native governments, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, stated that Lalong had by no means broached the difficulty with them.
They additionally denied information of any particular allotment of land to the state authorities for the aim of cattle ranching or colonies.
Chief Nelson Bakfur, the normal ruler of the Mwaghavul folks in Mangu, advised NAN that Lalong had by no means approached him over cattle ranches or colonies.
“The governor has by no means requested me for a land for the aim of cattle colonies. I’m even stunned by your claims that he listed Mangu amongst native governments that had donated lands for that goal.
“But, whether it is true that he (Lalong) made such pronouncement to the listening to of the general public, I’m not conscious of any allocation by any of my topics or authority for that goal.
“As the paramount ruler of Mwaghavul land, I’m stunned to listen to from a journalist that my governor made a pronouncement that impacts my land as a result of I listened to his interview however didn’t hear that side,’’ he stated.
Bakfur added: “if there’s any such plan, I’m but to be contacted by the federal government.’’
Chief Charles Mato, the Sum Pyem, in Gindiri District of Mangu Local Government, equally denied information of such allotment in his chiefdom.
“What we have been initially advised was that authorities wanted land allocations for a international investor from each Mangu and Bokkos Local Governments. We have been advised that the investor would domesticate Irish Potatoes in giant amount.
“So far, nobody has requested us for land for use for cattle ranching or cattle colonies,’’ he stated.
Mr Joshua Mape, President, Mwaghavul Development Association (MDA), advised NAN that there was no land given to authorities for cattle ranches or colonies in Mangu Local Government.
“When we acquired a touch of such plan, we confronted the Plateau Deputy Governor, Soni Tyoden, who’s our brother and son, and he vehemently denied such plan.
“He, however, told us that three local governments – two in the central senatorial zone and one in the southern zone – had indicated interest in offering lands for cattle ranching, but did not name them,” Mape stated.
Mr Danjuma Haruna, Chairman, Interim Management Council of Mangu Local Government, who additionally spoke on the difficulty, denied information of any land allotted by his council for the needs of ranching or cattle colonies.
“The Plateau authorities is but to debate any such factor with the residents of Mangu. I’ve not heard something about that,’’ he stated.
Mr Simon Angyol, Chairman, Interim Management Committee of Bokkos Local Government, equally denied information of any land allotted for the aim of cattle ranches or colonies.
“I’m listening to this from you for the primary time; nobody has mentioned that with me. In any case, I don’t like speaking about delicate points like this on cellphone; I would favor we meet in order to speak about it, ’’ Angyol stated.
Mr Titus Alams, former Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly, additionally denied information of such allotment by the folks of Bokkos or the Plateau authorities.
“The farmlands in Bokkos usually are not even sufficient for the farmers; we should not have such large land to be surrendered for the aim of cattle ranching or colonies,’’ he stated.
Meanwhile, the state authorities has rejected claims that it had carved out some components of the state to be used as a cattle colony .
A press release signed by Mr Dan Manjang, Special Adviser to Lalong on Media and Publicity, debunked allegations that the governor had carved out components of Riyom, Barkin-Ladi and Bokkos Local Government Areas for that goal.
Peddlers of the false experiences are claiming that Lalong has been blackmailed by herdsmen to cede the parcels of land or face their wrath.
“We wish to declare that such tales are figments of the creativeness of the authors who’re determined to make political capital out of them.
“The stories are false, malicious and highly mischievous,” the assertion stated on Friday in Jos.