In the wake of the controversies surrounding the way and manner the government is treating the issue of the creation of grazing reserves in Plateau State and the call from different concerned groups for the rejection of the bill, Lawmaker representing Jos-South in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Nyam Dareng said the proposed grazing reserve bill is not a yardstick in ending crisis between Fulani headsmen and Farmers in the State and Nigeria at large.
He pointed that the policy which was derived from a private bill that only passed first reading on the flow of the National Assembly and in the process of been implemented by the Plateau State Governor Bar. Simon Lalong is a calculated attempt to grab people’s inheritance in the State for the project where the said idea and imported grass would also be planted.
Hon. Dareng in an interview with Newsmen in Jos the Plateau State capital stated that the issue of tackling crisis between Fulani headsmen and Farmers cannot be handled without bringing all traditional rulers who are more closer to their people to chat a road map of ending clashes between Fulani headsmen and Farmers in the country especially in Plateau State.
He maintained that most of the clashes emanated from the lawless foreign Fulanis that often troop into the country for greener pastures.
He called on the Immigration to wake up to their responsibility of checking Nigeria’s border extensively to curtail the activities of foreign Fulanis who are not known to the local authorities of their people in the State. The Lawmaker said he can’t be a party to the grazing reserves policy, ” If government is serious on the diversification of agriculture in the Country, they should give out grants or soft loans to youths across the Country to enable those who are interested in livestock farming to venture into poultry, cows, piggery, goats in line with the agricultural revolution of the Federal Government as measures in reducing the level of unemployment in the Country than resorting to grabbing people’s inheritance without any consultation.” He said.