Edo State Rejects Ruga Initiative As Nasarawa Gives Full Support To The Scheme


LAGOS JULY 2ND (NEWSRANGERS)-The Edo State Government has rejected the planned Reserved Urban Grazing Area (RUGA) initiative by the federal government aimed at settling herders in parts of the country.
On the other hand, Nasarawa state government has giving full support to the scheme.
While rejecting the Ruga initiative, Edo state said it has ”an elaborate plan for agricultural development across all its value chain both in crop production and animal husbandry”.
This was contained in a statement by Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, on Monday.
The state government insisted that its agricultural plans have nothing to do with Ruga initiative.
The statement noted: ”In all the agricultural programmes being executed by the Obaseki administration, the safety, security and prosperity of our people are the top priority and non-negotiable. We assure Edo people that Governor Obaseki will not cede their rights and land to anybody, as our programmes as a sovereign state do not run on the back of any external entity.”
He advised Edo citizens to disregard any contrary information circulated by the Edo State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) or any other group or individual.
In a related development, Nasarawa State government has said that it is fully in support of the Federal Government initiative to establish Ruga settlements in the state.
The government said the move would solve the perennial Fulani herders and farmers clashes across the 13 Local Government Areas and 18 development councils of the state.
Mr. Yakubu Lamai, the Director-General Strategic Communication and Press Affairs to Governor Abdullahi Alhaji Sule, made the statement in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Monday.
According to him, the Nasarawa state government had been deeply concerned about how it could ultimately tackle the persistent Fulani herders and farmers clashes across the state.
His said, “Nasarawa state will support any move by the federal government that will assuage Fulani herders and farmers crises in the state. That will bring peace and harmony between both of them and the citizens of the state and country at large.”
Lamai maintained that in Nasarawa State, the approach had always been enlightenment to the issue of Fulani herders and farmers clashes.
He added that the state government would surely comply with the Federal Government initiative to bring to an end the continuous crises between farmers and herders in the state.

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