Useni rejects FG’s grazing reserves policy
Senator Jeremiah Useni (PDP, Plateau South) has rejected the federal government’s proposed grazing reserve policy but expressed support for the ranching policy of Governor Simon Bako Lalong, describing ranching as a modern and universally accepted way of animal rearing.
Senator Useni who spoke in a meeting with stakeholders of his zone in Shendam local government area, said he disliked grazing reserves because the method required the use of large portions of land which could infringe on the rights of farmers.
He explained, “With grazing reserves, people from outside Nigeria can come in, so it’s a free zone and this is very dangerous. But ranches, anybody can organise one, I can arrange a small ranch depending on the number of cows I have.”
While speaking on the on-going fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari, Useni, a PDP senator, defended the President, stressing, “The fight against corruption cuts across all political parties. If you take what does not belong to you, you should be arrested. It is unfair in this country to have one individual stealing N2 billion when some states cannot pay salaries.”
In their individual speeches, member representing Langtang North in the State Assembly, Amos Kumtul and former chairman of Shendam LGA, Kemi Nshe opposed the establishment of ranches, stressing that no traditional ruler from Langtang constituency had accepted the policy as claimed by the Plateau State government.