Immediate past Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has kicked against the grazing reserve bill in Plateau State, stressing that he does not and will not support any grazing reserve either on the floor of the Senate or any forum/platform where the issue is discussed.
Jang, representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, said the issue has generated a lot of controversy amongst Plateau people because the government of the day has decided to play politics with issues that affect the very fabric which defines the heritage of our people, their culture and land. Plateau people must rise against any subtle attempt or otherwise to cede their land for the purpose of satisfying the selfish and egotistical whims of a few who are hellbent on disturbing the peace in the state.”
But Governor Simon Lalong, in a swift reaction, exonerated himself from the controversy, saying he has not acquired compulsorily any land in any locality for the purpose of ceding to any ethnic group or faith, stating that the issue of grazing reserve and ranches are options that are within the purview of the customary land owners and local councils to volunteer for the benefit of their people.
Jang’s aide, Clinton Garaba, said in a statement made available to journalists in Jos, at the weekend, that the attention of his principal (Jang) has been drawn to a reoort that the Plateau State Government has not only endorsed the issue of the grazing reserve, but has gone ahead to initiate plans to designate some areas for that purpose.
The statement reads in part, “At a time like one in which we currently live, it is imperative to state in unequivocal and unambiguous terms were one stands with regard to the issue of the grazing reserve. Senator Jang wishes to come clear to his constituents and all peace loving Plateau people that he does not and will not support any grazing reserve either on the floor of the Senate or any forum or platform where the issue is discussed.
“We had set a good example of how those who want to rear cattle or any livestock should go about it by establishing a ranch for the Butura Milk Farm in Bokkos. Let it be on record that I strongly reject any attempt by the state government to introduce any form of grazing reserve in Plateau”.
But Lalong’s Director of Press Affairs, Emmauel Nanle, while reacting to the statement, yesterday, said “It is sad that Senator Jang has suddenly found his voice in the midst of the silence that has characterised his representation of the Northern Senatorial District in the Senate, only on a matter that sensational political commentaries have raised to the stage of being a conflict trigger. This, we know he enjoys because it was what characterised his eight-year reign on the Plateau.
“The blatant condemnation of the Grazing Reserve Policy as being anti-people, without the depth of knowledge as to the content of the policy and the many options for cattle rearing, livestock farming and improved animal husbandry which it contains is again an eloquent testimony of his ‘we’ versus ‘them’ classification of citizens, even when the preservation of our common humanity should be held sacrosanct.”


  • Bako

    APC governors and their sickness is that they are not representing their people, period.