The Speaker gave the assurance when youths from the 17 local government areas of the State yesterday submitted a Bill to the State Assembly seeking a ban on open grazing in the State.
Youths of Plateau State, under the aegis of “Plateau Youths G17 Peace and Progressives Forum,” have presented a bill seeking a ban on open grazing in Plateau State. They believed that the ban on open grazing will curb the incessant killings as well as herders/farmers clashes bedeviling the State.
While presenting the bill, the youths’ leader, Dachung Bagos, told the Speaker, Mr. Peter Azi and other Members of the House, that they were a peaceful people concerned about Plateau issues, “some of which have shortened our sense of progress.
“We are seeking what will bring solution to the killings in the hinterland by herders,” they said.
Dachung Bagos further elaborated that “In the last one year, more than 100 people have been killed; schools, clinics, churches and farmlands destroyed by the herders. We want a ban on open grazing on the Plateau and sanction for those, who will go against the law.”
They also kicked against the proposed government involvement in the ranching policy stressing that, “Cow rearing is a private business, and ranches should be acquired by private individuals, not government acquiring five hectares of land in each local government to give to herders.”
According to him, “It was unfair to use tax payers’ money to run private business. We expect this bill to be passed so that an average Plateau man will have a reprieve from the trauma of brutal killings by herders.”
The spoke man said everyone would be carried along in the deliberations, even as the Bill would be sent to the appropriate Committee that will give adequate input.
In responding, the Plateau State Speaker, Hon. Peter Azi, assured the youths that the State House of Assembly will look into the bill presented, seeking the ban on open grazing in state, with a view of passing the bill that would stand the test of time.