- Despite its suspension at the federal level, the Ruga settlement project is taking shape in Zamfara state
- Governor Matawalle said the Ruga project in the state has reached 75% completion stage
- The state governor disclosed this when he and Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. TY Buratai inspected the project
In order to put a lasting solution to the persistent clashes between herdsmen and farmers, the Nigerian government introduced Ruga settlement plan in 2019.
However, the plan was met with a widespread rejection which eventually made President Muhammadu Buhari suspend it.
However, some states like Zamfara accepted the plan as a way to not only solve the herdsmen/farmers clashes but also to foster peace and engender social and economic development.
Bello Matawalle, Zamfara state governor, may be the first Nigerian governor to implement the plan.
The Ruga project in the Zamfara, according to a tweet by the state governor on Friday, July 17, has reached 75% completion.
The governor shared a picture of him and Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. TY Buratai as they inspected the project.
He also appreciated the leadership of the Nigerian Army for endorsing the state's security strategy.
"I was accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. TY Buratai to the inspection of our pilot Ruga project which has reached 75% completion stage.
"We appreciate the leadership of @HQNigerianArmy for endorsing our security strategy," he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Zamfara state government has promised to give repentant bandits two cows for each AK47 rifle surrendered.
Governor Matawalle made the promise on Thursday, July 16, when the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, the director-general of Department of State Security Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi and other top security officers paid him a visit.
"For every rifle submitted by a repentant bandit, there would be compensation of two cows," he said.
The governor stated that his administration does not want to give money to the bandits to prevent them from using the funds to purchase weapons.
Matawalle explained that cows were chosen as compensation because the bandits being Fulani need the cows to advance their economic interests.
He disclosed that Zamfara state is the epicentre of armed banditry in the country.