Simon Lalong of Plateau has said his administration will not enact the controversial anti-grazing law in the state, as grazing areas for cattle ranching have yet to be developed.
“When the governor of Benue was doing the law, I told him: `Just be careful, take other steps before you start implementation’.
“But he said that states are different, that his own concept is different and for us in Plateau, it is different. I said I will not do the law before the implementation of certain things.
“I have not seen rangers; I have not yet developed the ranching areas. So, I cannot go and say I put up a law to stop who? If I stop people (herdsmen), what is the alternative?’’ he asked.
Lalong, who announced that President Buhari would be visiting Plateau in February, thanked him for his intervention via the disbursement of bailout funds to states.
“For me, workers’ salary is no longer an issue in Plateau state. We paid their salary up to date. Last December, I started paying gratuities.
“My administration inherited 11 months of understanding salary; now, workers’ salary is no more an issue. I inherited eight months of outstanding pensions and today, we are no more owing,’’ he said.