Youths protest grazing reserve bill in Plateau

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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 …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot