No government plan to seize state lands, colonize territories or impose RUGA on any part of the federation.”
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
Following negative reactions that have trailed the proposed RUGA settlement in states across the country, the federal government has said that only those states that have so far shown interest in having the settlement will benefit from it.
In a press statement from the presidency carried on its twitter handle, it further clarifies that so far about a dozen states have indicated interest for the RUGA settlement.
“The beneficiaries will include all persons in animal husbandry, not only Fulani herdsmen.”
According to the statement, the aim is to resolve farmer herder conflicts, curb open grazing of animals that continue to pose security threats to farmers and herders.
The settlement is expected to be for all animal farmers and not just cattle herders in organised place with provision of necessary basic amenities to include schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to the meats and animal products.
The statement further assured that the program is voluntary as “there is NO government plan to seize state lands, colonise territories or impose RUGA on any part of the federation.”
“It is true government at the center has gazetted lands in all states of the federation, but because the idea is not to force this program on anyone, the government has limited the take off to the dozen with valid requests.
The twelve (12) states that have applied for the settlement will be used in the pilot stage.
No state from the south is on the list of those for the pilot stage.
In the document, some state governors who according to the writers could not pay salaries of workers, were accused of misleading their people on the matter.
While appealing to other states to join the program, the federal government hinted that “efforts must be made to ensure that no innocent person faces any kind of deprivation or loss of right and freedom under our laws.”

Chinwe Ugele

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