The Borno State Governor Babagana Umara has donated some parts of Sambisa forest – which used to be stronghold of Boko Haram – for the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) programme.
Concise News understands that the RUGA initiative generated a massive debate in the country and thus suspended by the Federal Government.
Umara revealed this on Monday when he hosted the Shehu of Borno, Garbai El-Kanemi, who paid him a Sallah homage.
He also said he had mobilised the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Agro Rangers and hunters to maintain security in the area.
The allocated area (forest) will cover six council areas of Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Chibok, Damboa and Askira/Uba.
“This administration is determined to strengthen the security architecture to encourage farming and herding activities across the state,” the governor added.
“We’re also distributing 80 patrol vehicles to the response team so that farmers, herders and commuters could move as well as travel within a radius of 30-40 kilometres of Maiduguri metropolis.”
He said, “About 75 trained agro rangers and 300 hunters will also be mobilised next week to enable farmers [to] cultivate their farmlands that were prevented by terrorists’ activities.
“The state government is determined to address the root causes of insurgency through improved security; fight against drug abuse and enhance food security with increased job creation among unemployed youths.”