The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has revealed reasons he is unable to implement an anti-grazing law. Lalong made this disclosure while speaking with State House reporters on Thursday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. He said: “I told the governor of Benue when he was doing the law, I said look, why don’t you tread softly, just be careful, take other steps before you start implementation. But you see, states are different, his own concepts are different and for us on the Plateau is different.”
“Ranching as a concept is a policy and there are states realizing the importance of the policy. I cannot wake up like some people said last year that I should go and do anti-grazing law. And I asked: anti-grazing law for what? We are talking about ranching, we are talking about development of livestock business and I cannot use the word ‘anti’ to start driving people who are interested. It is for those who are interested to come and get involved in it. Secondly, I can’t implement anti-grazing law. There are levels of implementation which will require government intervention, provision of ranchers and thirdly, when you’re talking of ranching, it’s a component of agricultural business, you’ll also require subsidy.