With the new plan of the President Buhari’s administration to establish RUGA Settlement Policy all across the country, some state are set to commence the practice of this policy while the others states have kept their ground in resisting the RUGA Settlement Policy.
However, states where the federal government is set to implement the Ruga settlement include Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Kwara, Ondo and Edo.
Source reaching newsfeed.ng from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development noted that all was set for the implementation of the Ruga settlement initiative. The senior officials of the ministry have revealed that the federal government has finalized all plans to go ahead with the project, notwithstanding the public outcry, especially in the south.
“The pilot states for its implementation are Sokoto, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Taraba, Katsina, Plateau, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger. They are actually 11 in number and the governors of these states are coming to the ministry to learn how the Ruga settlements will be implemented,” a senior official at the FMARD, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
The source added, “These are the states that have fully shown their interest. But unfortunately, people are talking about this as if the Federal Government is planning to grab land in the states. That’s not true. The plan is mainly for these states that are ready and the Federal Government had a discussion with the governors concerned.
“Some of the governors came here and they promised to provide land because they have seen the benefits they will derive from the initiative. It is not that the Federal Government wants to invade the states, no!”
When asked whether the government would go ahead with the initiative despite its rejection by many other states, the official replied, “Why not? Of course, the government will go ahead with the Ruga settlement programme, particularly in states that are willing to have it. For states that are not interested, no problem.”
However, on Tuesday, the Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Mohammed Umar, noted that from the states where the pilot phase of the Ruga settlement programme would start, many other states had expressed their interest in the scheme.
Umar added saying “The Ruga settlement will attract a lot of investment to Nigeria and it is our belief that in the next five years, each Ruga settlemt will provide nothing less than 2,000 employment opportunities. We are collaborating with the cattle breeders association in Nigeria”