Lalong Reveals Joanthan's Intention For RUGA
Plateau governor Simon Lalong

The Governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong discloses that the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan budgeted N10 billion for Ruga settlements.

He made this known at the presidential villa while speaking in Abuja on Monday, July 1st.

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He further stated following Jonathan’s budget for the scheme, nothing came out of the process under the regime.

Lalong said the country would not be tackling insecurity at a high level if the former president implemented the policy.

“The fact that federal government is bringing subsidy was a request from the committee chaired by Mr Vice President. Goodluck Jonathan did it and he budgeted about N10 billion but we didn’t see the money.

“If he had done that at that time, we would not be fighting insecurity between herders and farmers today,” he said.

Lalong said contrary to reports that states were being coerced to be part of the Ruga programme, those on the project actually applied to be part of it.

He added that each state adopted the name it chose to call the programme, explaining that the name Ruga is not general.

“To the credit of Mr President, he has not imposed that on any states, it was voluntary. And they said any state that is prepared to do that to address insecurity in his state should come and apply.

“So some of the state’s applied and we are at the level of the pilot scheme and some mischief makers would start bringing terms to cause confusion in the country. It’s very unfortunate.”