A coalition of youth groups in Plateau State under the auspices of Middle Belt Council and the Fulani herdsmen have differed on the proposed anti-open grazing bill in the state.

While the youth groups during a recent interface with the leadership of the State House of Assembly argued  that the bill, when enacted into law, will bring peace to the state, the Fulani herdsmen on the other hand, described the bill as an invitation to anarchy.

Making his presentation in favour of the bill before the state lawmakers ,Leader of the youth coalition, Emmanuel  Zopmal said there is no going back on the initiative stressing that Plateau Youths will prevail on the State Governor to support the bill in the interest of the people but the State Chairman of  Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nura Mohammed who spoke with journalists in Jos on Monday said that if the bill is introduced in the state Assembly, his members  will waste no time to go to the presidency to ensure that it does not succeed.

Correspondent JAMES ABRAHAM reports that some lawmakers in the 24-member state Assembly had earlier expressed mixed feelings on the proposed anti-open grazing bill with majority of them expressing optimism that such measures will checkmate the occasional destruction of lives and property among farmers and herdsmen in the state.

However, some residents who spoke with JAY FM in Jos on Monday over the issue maintained that what Plateau needs at the moment is peace and not hostilities while calling on the parties involved and other stakeholders to harmonize their positions regarding the matter in the interest of peace, progress and development of  the state.

-James Abraham

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