Ruga: Bauchi residents beg FG to abandon policy, focus on education, jobs

Ruga: Bauchi residents beg FG to abandon policy, focus on education, jobs

- Residents in Bauchi have expressed displeasure over Ruga policy by the federal government

- The residents said the federal government should rather focus on creating jobs for people

- The concerned people in the state also said the federal government should work more on developing Bauchi's failing education

The residents of Bauchi have shown dissatisfaction over the way the federal government is handling the Ruga policy, a programme that is aimed at solving farmers-herders crisis in the nation.

The residents said that the federal government should focus on working with the state government to save the failing education system and create more jobs in the state, Vanguard reports.

Aminu Shittu, a pepper seller, told Vanguard that he is all for a policy that does not support people giving away their lands, adding that the government should cancel the programme.

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“As you know, the RUGA policy as it is has already been greeted with suspicion by our compatriots in the south. I am of the opinion that the government should cancel the programme and come up with a better solution that enjoys the support of all Nigerians.

“I also think that the federal government can collaborate with Bauchi government to save our collapsing education system and help create jobs for our teeming youths and women,” he said.

Another resident in the state, Hannatu Halashe, a graduate of Dietetics and Nutrition, said that she is displeased with the way the federal government focuses so much on matters relating to herders while handling other matters lightly.

“I am disappointed in the government. Do I have to be a herder to be cared for by a government that represents me?

"Since I graduated 4 years ago, I have approached over 20 institutions to help me with capital to start a business, but as I speak, not even one is willing to help. Worse still, there are no jobs anywhere, unless you know someone up there,” she lamented.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, the former special adviser to ex President Shehu Shagari said that Ruga settlement programme has only been suspended but not abandoned and that it will return at a later time.

In an interview, Yakassai said the Ruga settlement has been in existence for a long time.

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