By Ismaila Chafe
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau says his administration is not going to copy neighbouring Benue state to enact the anti-grazing regulation, as grazing areas for cattle ranching have but to be developed.
The governor stated this on Thursday when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after a closed-door assembly with President Muhammadu Buhari within the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Lalong stated that he had earlier suggested the governors of Taraba and Benue towards implementing the anti-grazing regulation of their respective states, although ranching remained the one option to assure peaceable farmers-herdsmen coexistence within the nation.
“When the governor of Benue was doing the regulation, I advised him: `Just watch out, take different steps earlier than you begin implementation’.
“But he stated that states are totally different, that his personal idea is totally different and for us in Plateau, it’s totally different. I stated I can’t do the regulation earlier than the implementation of sure issues.
“I’ve not seen rangers; I’ve not but developed the ranching areas. So, I can not go and say I put up a regulation to cease who? If I cease folks (herdsmen), what’s the different?’’ he requested.
On the idea of cattle colonies, being advocated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Lalong stated that he had been satisfied of the usefulness of the idea by the ministry.
He stated that the state authorities had already earmarked two giant areas as websites for the grazing of home animals within the state.
He, subsequently, expressed the hope that the creation of cattle colonies would examine the persistent farmers-herdsmen conflicts throughout the nation.
On the forthcoming native authorities elections in Plateau, the governor pledged that his administration wouldn’t intervene within the conduct of get together primaries in order to make sure free and truthful elections.
Lalong, who introduced that President Buhari could be visiting Plateau in February, thanked him for his intervention through the disbursement of bailout funds to states.
He stated that the fee of wage to staff in Plateau was not a problem, as all excellent salaries had been settled by his administration.
“For me, staff’ wage is not a problem in Plateau state. We paid their wage updated. Last December, I began paying gratuities.
“My administration inherited 11 months of understanding wage; now, staff’ wage isn’t any extra a problem. I inherited eight months of excellent pensions and at present, we aren’t any extra owing,’’ he stated.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) remembers that Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, in an interview with State House correspondents on Tuesday, reiterated that despite the deepening disaster and lack of lives within the state, cattle ranching remained the one approach out of the disaster.
Ortom stated: “For us, the best way ahead is ranching and up until this time I’m speaking to you, the best way ahead is ranching as a result of it’s the world finest apply.
“It is not only the apply in different elements of the world; it is usually the apply in African nations like Swaziland, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, amongst others; all of them interact in cattle ranching.
“That is the proper option to go and since we began implementing the anti-grazing regulation, there was relative peace amongst farmers and herdsmen.’’
NAN additionally remembers that the Presidency, through a press release on Tuesday, stated that it will be organising a stakeholders’ convention to search out short-term and long-term options to the frequent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen