herdsmen ruga

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has said the state is not interested in the planned Ruga settlements for herdsmen.

Concise News reports that the Ruga settlements are meant to curb recurrent herdsmen and farmers clashes in the country.

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The development has caused controversies with many alleging that it is a ploy to “Fulanize” Nigeria.

In a series of tweet on his handle, Akeredolu noted that one of the ranches can accommodate 5000 cows.

“Our stance on the #RugaSettlements debate is clear. Ondo is only interested in ranches. We have 2 large ranches existing in Akunnu & Auga,” he said.

“Auga can accommodate 5000 cows. A key difference here is that we have no preference for who manages the cattle. The ranch owners decide.”

“The primary reason for #RugaSettlements although understandable does not truly factor the interests of every State.

“We have a youth unemployment crisis our ranches can address. Ondo State must prioritize agriculture due to the arable nature of our land.”

He added that “A lot of our land is already earmarked for forest reserves. The FG must understand why we need to be strategic in our decision making.

“We implore the FG to revisit the proposal based on feedback from the different States & act accordingly.”