Youths under the aegis of Plateau G-17 Youths for Peace and Progress Forum, have protested against the bill seeking to create grazing reserve and ranches in the state.
The youths therefore, called on the state government to rethink and retrace its steps on its earlier decision and delist Plateau from the states that have agreed to contribute lands for the purpose of the grazing reserve.
Addressing journalists after the protest, the Convener of the protest, Dachung Musa Bagos said, “The Plateau State government must be careful not to take decision that would mortgage our future and that of generations yet unborn with the likely consequences of further throwing the state into a state of chaos as the policy has been rejected by majority of the people of the state. We therefore wish to state, unequivocally, that we stand here today, in protest against any form of land grabbing and exclusive privileges to any group, under the guise of a government sponsored grazing reserve policy.
“The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, came out with a list of eleven states including the FCT, saying that the states have agreed to contribute lands for the purpose of the establishment of grazing reserves for cattle herders and Plateau State was listed as one of the eleven states that have indicated interest in providing land.
“From time immemorial, through the period of agriculture to the period of industrial development, land has remained the most valuable property in the life of a man and his development. It is a source of wealth to those who have it and the mother of all properties.
“It is in response of this that we are presently gathered to peacefully protest the unilaterial inclusion of Plateau State as well as demand that the state government under Barrister Simon Lalong, rescind its decision on this obnoxious policy and follow the path of honour by removing plateau from the list of states that have agreed to provide 55,000 hectares of land, owing to the huge disadvantages the policy will have on the vast majority of the peace loving Plateau Indigenes who are predominantly farmers.
“Plateau has over the years, witnessed incessant attacks and killings by groups known in official cycles as Unknown herdsmen and should not be plunged into more bloodshed due to the insensitivity of government in embracing a policy that has heightened suspicion and tension across the state. “ “Government must tread with utmost care and caution in view of the delicate nature of the policy at hand, which must be properly looked into and people allowed to either accept or reject and not forcefully trying to impose it on the populace “.
“We would have expected the government to seek support for the expansion of existing agricultural schemes in the state as a sure way of diversifying its economy and boosting the state’s economy rather than endorsing a highly controversial policy that seeks advantages for private businessmen, who are predominantly not natives of Plateau.

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