Ganduje unveils N36 billion Ruga settlement project

Ganduje unveils N36 billion Ruga settlement project

- A N36 billion Ruga settlement project jas been unveiled by the Kano state governor, Ganduje

- This is anchored on food security and social development

- Specifically, it is designed to contribute to poverty alleviation and strengthening food security in the state

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano has inaugurated a $95 million agro-pastoral development project.

The project is anchored on food security and social development.

According to the Guardian, the objective of the project is to contribute to poverty alleviation and strengthening food security in the state.

Going further, the news outlet reports that the project is being financed by the Islamic Development Bank, the Life and Livelihoods Fund (LLF).

It reports that the remaining $5 million (N1.8 billion) would be paid by the state government as its counterpart fund.

Meanwhile, had reported that the proposed plan by the federal government to set up cattle colonies in some states suffered a setback as the Federal High Court declared Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) and cattle colony in Benue state as unwarranted and illegal.

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The court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue state capital ruled that any move by the federal government to acquire land for RUGA or cattle colony in Benue without the approval of the state government “is null and void.

Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon who delivered the judgment also granted an order nullifying every action taken to establish RUGA or cattle colony in Benue.

The issue of RUGA has been a contentious matter in the country as many states in Nigeria have opposed the idea.

But the presidency has defended the controversial RUGA settlements programme which the federal government planned to set up in collaboration with some state governments.

According to a statement released by the senior special assistant to the president, Garba Shehu, the initiative was not meant to serve the interest of the Fulani ethnic group alone.

The presidency also stated that Ruga was voluntary,” saying that no state was forced to give up land for the project.

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Part of the statement read: “The federal government is planning this in order to curb open grazing of animals that continue to pose security threats to farmers and herders.

“The overall benefit to the nation includes a drastic reduction in conflicts between herders and farmers, a boost in animal protection complete with a value chain that will increase the quality and hygiene of livestock in terms of beef and milk production, increased quality of feeding and access to animal care and private sector participation in commercial pasture production by way of investments."

However, the RUGA policy was reportedly dumped by northern governors, following an emergency meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

According to The Nation, the governors instead adopted the National Livestock Transformation Plan as the best way to tackle the persistent clashes between herders and farmers in the region. gathered that the governors also resolved that they would continue adopting a sustainable and holistic approach towards tackling the region’s security challenges.

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