Benue and Plateau States have announced the rejection of the Federal Government’s proposal to remodel grazing reserves into ranches in seven states.
The announcement was made at a three-day capacity building workshop organised by the National Commission for Nomadic Education NCNE in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bashir Usman, said the move was decided by the Federal Government in effort to transform the country’s livestock.
The controversy started when the states were listed which include Adamawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Taraba and Benue. Benue and Plateau States rejected it, stating that they were not aware of the remodelling of grazing reserves into ranches.
According to the Benue State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Timothy Ijir, “If there is an arrangement by the Federal Government to restructure or remodel grazing reserves, then we are not part of it.”
He argued that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranching law enacted by the State Government is still in place and reiterates that they are not ready to compromise it.
The Commissioner for Information, Plateau State, Mr Dan Manjan, in his statement, said that they are not aware of the remodelling exercise.
“All we know is ranching, and we have keyed into the project. Anything remodelling is putting another dimension to it which is alien to us,” Mr Dan said.