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“Count me out of Ruga!”-Osinbajo


The Office of the Vice-President  on Fridaydenied being in charge of the implementation of the Ruga settlement initiative.

The  Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, said in a tweet on Friday that the programme being handled by Osinbajo was different from the Fulani resettlement programme announced in May by former Minister of Agriculture.

Akande said the National Livestock Transformation Plan endorsed by the National Economic Council was different from the Ruga programme.

He tweeted, “Contrary to claims reported in sections of the media, Ruga settlements are not being supervised by the Office of the Vice- President. Ruga is different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council.

“On the National Livestock Transformation Plan, 13 states are already in the process of implementation of a plan to transform the livestock production system in Nigeria along market-oriented value chain while ensuring an atmosphere of peace and justice.

“The states are Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Kwara, Ondo and Edo. These states are at different stages in the process, but have indicated readiness to implement the plan. Truth is: this Federal Government will not impose on any state government regarding its land.

“NEC okayed the plan based on the recommendation of a technical committee of the council chaired by Ebonyi State Governor  (David) Umahi. Other governors  on the committee and working group are  those of  Adamawa, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Oyo and Zamfara-mostly the frontline states.”

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, on Friday has claimed that the Vice president’s office was coordinating the programme.

MACBAN’s  General Secretary, Baba  Ngelzarma,  claimed on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, on Friday that  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s office  was  helping Fulani herdsmen to create Ruga settlements across the country.

Ngelzerma had told Channels Television that the Ruga settlement model was a component part of the livestock development and transformation plan being implemented under the Office of the Vice-President.

He said, “All must agree with me that the crisis we are facing today has become a multi-dimensional one. So, the approach must also be holistic. It was the desire of the Federal Government to take a holistic approach that gave birth to the Ruga settlement model and it is not only Fulani who are herders.NTA/Channels

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