NEGOTIATE RUGA SETTLEMENTS WITH STATE GOVERNMENTS, TRADITIONAL RULER TELLS FG

As the proposed plan by the Federal Government to establish settlement (Ruga) for Fulani nomads, though suspended, in the country became controversial, the need for negotiations with state governments on the issue has been stressed.

The call was made by the Wazirin Tikau and the District head of Dazigau in Yobe State, Col. Mohammed Abdul (rtd) while speaking to newsmen in Kaduna.

According to him, the Ruga project is well intentioned towards providing settlement to Fulani Nomads who moved from one place to another.

He opined that settling the nomads in designated places in each state of the Federation by government would curb the problem of frequent clashes between then and farmers, as well as other members of the society.

The Wazirin Tikau who expressed worminess with some people’s rejection of the Federal government’s Ruga settlement scheme, said they are doing so deliberately to sabotage the present administration peace initiative.

The Royal father was of the fervent believe that with proper negotiation and approach, the Ruga settlement Scheme would be successfully implemented.

He said since the scheme is for betterment of the nation, all hands must be on deck by State governments to ensure its success.

The District head also noted that the agitation for its total cancelation by some people is against the collective interest of northern people.

He urged Nigerians to give the suspended programme a trial to enable it succeed.

Col. Abdu pointed out that nomad resettlement programme  is being practiced in many countries, especially in developed ones with the aim of providing sucour to herders, where food and other basic needs are provided to their animals.

On the problem of insecurity in the country, the Wazirin Tikau said, it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to be security conscious and support all efforts to forestall it.

He further stressed that the annual recruitment of 10,000 Nigerians as Police was step in the right direction towards improving security in the country.

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