Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has made it clear that there isn’t a plan to ascertain Ruga settlement in any a part of the South-East and South-South zones.
He disclosed this in a press release by Emma Uzor, his Chief Press Secretary.
Umahi, chairman of the South-East Governors Discussion board, admitted the area did suggest a cope with the members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation (MACBAN), as panacea to reaching lasting peace between farmers and herdsmen.
The Governor, nonetheless, denied any plans by governors within the zones to cede any a part of their land for Ruga settlement.
“There is no such thing as a plan for any Ruga settlement in any a part of south-east and south-south zones, however we made a proposed cope with MACBAN that may enable the zone to turn out to be excellent enterprise with sale of grasses to the herdsmen in change for meat.
“There shall be no a part of the south-east that shall be given out for the aim of firm of Ruga, the zone is solely agrarian with restricted landmass for farming and subsequently can’t accommodate Ruga institution.
“We truly proposed a cope with MACBAN to take their cattle to the northern components the place grazing reserves have been established very long time in the past and rely fully on the grasses grown within the south for feeding of their cattle,” he stated.
Umahi, who was the chairman of technical committee on farmers and herdsmen conflict carved from the Nationwide Financial Council (NEC) headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, stated that the committee had really helpful the revamping of current grazing reserve in Nigeria.
“A part of committee’s suggestions to the federal authorities was the revamping of grazing reserves within the North the place all of the cattle rearers within the south will take their cattle to those locations and depend on the grasses which might be grown within the south.
“The best way it really works is that the herdsmen will deliver down their cows to the south-east and promote to us as meat whereas they’ll load the grasses that are grown right here in the identical autos with which they transported their cows to feed their cattle in these grazing reserve.
“With this proposed deal, herdsmen are anticipated to embrace anti open grazing by returning to the ranches within the north and do their enterprise on the commerce by barter foundation of promoting cows to the South and shopping for grass to feed their cows within the north,” the Governor added.