VON DG Reacts To Suspension Of Ruga Programme
Osita Okechukwu

Head of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Osita Okechukwu has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending the planned Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) settlement programme.

The Nigerian leader, as Concise News reported on Wednesday, suspended the idea of establishing RUGA settlements till further notice following public outcry.

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Ebonyi governor David Umahi disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of the NEC Committee on Farmers/Herders Crisis.

“We are aware that the president has suspended the implementation of `Ruga’ Programme initiated and being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” Umahi said.

“This is because it is not consistent with the NEC and federal government’s approved NLTP.”

Reacting, Okechukwu, who is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said, “By suspending the RUGA settlement programme, Buhari has acted statesmanly.

“I must commend him, not minding that the programme was a laudable one, but still went ahead to act on calls by well-meaning Nigerians to suspend it.

“This once again has shown that President Buhari is someone that listens and values the views of well-meaning Nigerians concerning national issues.”

He also said, “Since, well-meaning Nigerians suggest that there was a better way to treat the farmer-herders and animal rustling issues, Buhari as a good democrat is ready to listen.

“I believe he will buy their idea if logical and for the common good of all.”