LALONG SAYS HE CAUTIONED ORTOM AGAINST THE ANTI-OPEN GRAZING BILL
Written by Kaka Saratu Poga on January 12, 2018
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on Thursday, said he cautioned his colleague, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom against the anti-open grazing bill when the idea was being mooted last year.
He said Ortom should have first explored the ranching system and make adjustments where necessary, rather than making laws to isolate some sections of the society.
Lalong said this shortly after he had a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Apparently reacting to the famers-herdsmen clashes in Benue and some states of the federation which led to death of several people, the governor said one of the things that have sustained peace in Plateau, has been wide consultation with the people concerning the ranching policy, and donation of lands by plateau communities for cattle ranches.
Lalong made this remark shortly after the mass burial of those recently killed by herdsmen in Logo and Guma LGAs of the state of Benue State where the governor, Samuel Ortom, described the attacks on his kinsmen by suspected Fulani herdsmen as a declaration of total war on people of the state.
Ortom, who wept profusely while giving his speech called on both national and international communities to come to the aide of the state.