Ruga: Bauchi Governor Declares State Ready For Programme
Gov. Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that his state is ready for the Ruga settlement initiative of the federal government.

He made this known while speaking with state house correspondents in Abuja on Monday.

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The initiative which the federal government said is part of measures to resolve the farmers-herders crisis in the country has met outright rejection in different parts of the country.

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi had said governors in the south-south and south-east would not cede any land for the settlement in their respective states.

When quizzed if Bauchi would adopt Ruga settlement, Mohammed said: “Yes. Because the population of Fulani in Bauchi is 60 or 70 percent. Therefore, we must leverage on all these. We have illiteracy, insurgency and so many things that are bombarding us in terms of social challenges and security challenges.”

With the governor’s declaration, Bauchi has joined other states that have keyed into the project.

The Ruga pilot states are Sokoto, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Taraba, Katsina, Plateau, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had on Sunday said the settlement will be in an organised place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities.

He also added that the settlement is not for Fulani alone but cattle rearers across the country.

Shehu stated that the aim of the scheme is to curb open grazing of animals “that continue to pose security threats to farmers and herders”.