Useni re­jects FG’s graz­ing re­serves pol­icy

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

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.

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