Herdsmen / farmers clashes: Plateau lawmakers back anti-open grazing bill

In a bid to stop the frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Plateau State which had led to loss of many lives and property , members of the State House of Assembly have expressed support for a bill against open grazing in the state.

Correspondent JAMES ABRAHAM reports that the lawmakers made their position known when a group under the auspices of  Middle Belt Council in collaboration with Coalition of Indigenous Ethnic Youth Groups in the state had an interface with the leadership of the State Assembly in Jos on Thursday.

Lawmakers who spoke in favour of the proposed  bill included member representing Barki Ladi, Peter Gyenden ,his Shendan Constituency counterpart, Henry Yenkwap as well as Alice Dimlong who represents Pankshin North Constituency.

Others included Nyam Dareng,Jos South constituency, Sunday Mallo Muchen from Bokkos including Saleh Shehu Yipmong from Dengi constituency among others.

Earlier,Leader of the delegation, Emmanuel Zopmal  noted that government had been in the fore-front at encouraging  Nigerians on the need to involve themselves in farming activities in order to boost food sufficiency  but however expressed worry that with the  continuous destruction of lives and property especially in various communities, such laudable objective may be a mirage if farmers were constantly subjected to fear arising from the frequent clashes.

Zopmal ,who condemned the clashes and the recent killings in different part of the state expressed optimism that such problems would be solved when the Anti- Open Grazing Law becomes operational in the state.

-James Abraham

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