By Lawani Mikairu
Lagos—Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, yesterday said his administration was in support of Federal Government’s decision to introduce ranches as a means of developing and growing livestock in the state and end the crisis between farmers and herdsmen.
Speaking with newsmen at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, the governor said his administration had sustained peace in the state through efforts aimed at promoting good neighbourliness and tolerance.
According to him, “What is on in Plateau is the policy on ranches, which is quite different from grazing. Although all of them have been there a long time ago. Grazing has been there and ranches have been there, owned by individuals and organizations. But the security problem we have across the nation and the need to diversify into agriculture, make it necessary for the production of livestock in large quantities. So, you cannot leave that to only traditional grazing. That is why we introduced this policy of having ranches. The ranches are everybody’s business for growing livestock and not restricted to any ethnic group.”
On the efforts to sustain peace in the state, Lalong said the people from diverse ethnic groups had been living together before the crisis that erupted some years ago, and his administration had done some things to maintain peace in the state.
“Plateau people have been living together and shared a lot of things in common before crisis started. But we have been able to enthrone peace now. When we came in, we gave everybody a sense of belonging and looked at the ways people could live together in peace and ways to sustain peaceful co-existence in the state,” he added.