Governors of states in the South East have rejected the proposed Ruga settlements for herdsmen in the country, Concise News reports.
In a statement over the weekend, the Chairman of the South East governor’s Forum, David Umahi, noted that the region has no plan for Ruga settlements.
He, however, urged members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to accept anti-grazing law established by the federal government in the northern region.
“The zone is purely agrarian with limited landmass for farming and therefore can not accommodate Ruga,” Umahi noted.
“Umahi was the Chairman of NEC sub Technical Committee on farmers and herdsmen clash and he toured the states of Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Zamfara and two other states where he made in one of his recommendations to the federal government for revamping of grazing reserve in the North where all the cattle rearers in the South will take their cattle to and rely on the grass that are grown in the South.”
He added that “The way it works is that the herdsmen will bring down their cows to the South East and sell us as meat while they will load the grasses which are grown here in the same trailer with which they transported their cows to feed their cattle in those grazing reserve which should be made comfortable for them.
“By this herdsmen are expected to embrace anti-open grazing by returning to the ranches in the North and do their business on the trade by barter basis of selling cows to the South and buying grass to feed their cows in the North.”