Plateau State Indigenes Development Association (PSIDA) has condemned the proposed idea of establishing ranches by the federal government for herdsmen saying, the practice of animal husbandry remains a private business.
A statement signed by the president, PSIDA, Mr. Kyauta Damulak said their expectation is that all persons, Fulani and non-Fulani herdsmen engaged in cattle rearing should buy land and establish ranches by themselves.
Damulak said government could assist animal husbandry business with policies and laws and not the other way round.
‘’By so doing, we believe it will erase suspicion of ulterior motives, create employment and be in tune with contemporary best practices,’’ he said.
He also condemned in strong words the recent attacks on the Plateau, specifically in Bassa, Barkin Ladi, Mangu, Jos South and Riyom local government areas where suspected Fulani herdsmen killed over 200 people.
Damulak also lend his voice to the outcries on the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the security structure in the country to give confidence to the citizenry.
‘’The community/state police issue needs to be revisited in view of the apparent shortage of manpower in the Police and the need for the state governors to have power to effectively coordinate and command the activities of the Police.
‘’ Response time by security agencies in the recent attacks was far from expected, that it was about eight hours of unhindered terror unleashed on innocent communities situated in less than 50km from city centre is inexcusable.
‘’I will like to use this medium to call for support and relief materials for the affected displaced persons,’’ he said.
He added that the association supports the directive by the federal government and the call by Plateau State governor, Simon Bako Lalong for arms mop-up to reduce or end the crises.
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