Published on Jan 12, 2018 Greenbarge Reporters
“My people are against cattle colonies; they have said that they would not relinquish their ancestral lands for the purpose of grazing reserves or colonies.”
This is the position of Senator Jonah Jang, who represents Plateau North in the Senate on the proposed cattle colony whose modalities have not yet been worked out by the Federal Government.
In a statement by Clinton Garuba, his media consultant, Jang, who was once the governor of Plateau State, stressed that people of his constituency are opposed to the creation of cattle colonies.
The Senator lamented the attacks on his people by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen over the years, adding that victims of such attacks are “not ready to accept the confiscation of their land by government.
“Cattle colonies are detrimental to the people and will not be accepted. The Plateau government is aware of this.
“We have already suffered too much loss in the hands of attackers believed to be herdsmen; creating colonies for them will only worsen the situation.
“The Plateau people are peaceful and have always rejected any policy that could undermine that peace.
Jang called on the federal and state governments to organize a meeting of stakeholders to seek a lasting solution to the incessant herdsmen/farmers clashes, adding there is the need for policies that would be fair and acceptable to all concerned.
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