Plateau community kicks over grazing reserve policy

By Solomon Gabkwet, Jos 

The Berom Educational and Cultural Organization (BECO) has declared that it is totally against the proposed grazing reserve policy of the Federal Government. 

This is coming just as they warned the state governor, Mr. Simon Lalong not to allow any part of the state be developed for grazing. 

The group in a statement in Jos yesterday said the proposed policy is already causing tension in Berom communities due to their ugly experience with herdsmen in recent past. 

The statement which was signed by BECO General Secretary, Davou Choji Davou and Chairman, BECO standing Committee on Media and Publicity, Hon. Sam Godongs is demanding the immediate evacuation of Fulani herdsmen from parts of Berom communities in Gashish, Riyom, and Bachit Districts. 

“The attention of Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) has been drawn to the contradictory and confusing pronouncements by Plateau State Governor Barr. Simon Lalong on the vexed issues of Grazing reserves in Plateau State, initially the Governor was quoted at a function in ECWA Headquarters as saying no grazing reserves will be created in the state.

“The idea of grazing reserves is aim at carving out territories and domains at the expenses of the natives for the interest of the Fulani, saying the attacks, killings and destruction of food crops in Berom Land have recently emanated from the Fulani self-created enclaves and such would therefore be an endorsement of illegitimate and illegal acts.

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