AKOKO LEADERS REJECT RUGA: ACCUSES ONDO GOVT OF NOT CONSULTING THEM, THREATEN TO RESIST EVEN WITH THEIR BLOOD

By Dayo Johnson ‘We woke up to see NLTP signpost’ FOUR agrarian communities in Akoko, the Northern Senatorial Districts in Ondo State are on collision course with the state government for allegedly covertly ceding their land for RUGA without any consultation and their consent. The state government had designated the communities for the establishment of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP. Stakeholders in the communities are angered that they, including their traditional rulers, only woke up to see the signpost of NLTP at their doorstep by the state government without…

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INSIDE ASO VILLA JUNGLE: HOW ABBA KYARI UNDERMINES OSINBAJO, HIJACKED VEEPEE’S MEMO TO BUHARI, CRITICISED IT, REDESIGNED IT TO CORNER 35 BIL RUGA MONEY

When Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari seeking approval for funds to continue his role in resolving the deadly farmers-herdsmen conflict earlier this year, he did so with little awareness that a middleman would intercept it, moderate it and ultimately discard his role altogether. Yet, that was exactly what transpired after Mr Osinbajo pushed a memo to Mr Buhari earlier this year that was subsequently undermined by Abba Kyari, the president’s chief of staff. After successfully rubbishing Mr Osinbajo’s request to Mr Buhari, Mr Kyari went on to…

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RUGA: UMAHI THREATENS TO SUE IGBO GROUP

RUGA: Umahi threatens legal action against Ebonyi group, give 7-day ultimatum for retraction Ebonyi Governor, Chief David Umahi, yesterday, threatened legal action against Paschal Oluchukwu and his group, Organization of Ebonyi Indigenes in the Diaspora if they failed to apologise to him within seven days over allegation that the state government was considering giving land for RUGA settlement. In a letter signed by the Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, the governor said the allegations from the group published in some national dailies which was credited to Paschal Oluchukwu was…

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BANKER CHARGED TO COURT FOR COMMENTS ON RUGA

A banker, Francis Agumobi, on Friday appeared in a Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly accusing his kinsman of acquiring land for RUGA project. NAN reports that Agumobi of Okija, Anambra State, is charged with four counts of criminal conspiracy, forgery, defamation of character and injurious falsehood. The Prosecution Counsel, Victor Okoro, alleged that the nominal complainant, Ernest Obiejesi reported the matter to the Inspector-General of Police on July 15. Okoro further averred that the defendant conspired with others, now at large and published defamatory and injurious…

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RUGA TAKES OFF IN ZAMFARA ON TUESDAY

THE Ruga scheme is taking off in Zamfara State on Tuesday after Governor Bello Matawalle on Saturday gave the nod for the immediate commencement of construction work on Ruga settlements in the state. The governor issued the directive after receiving the new Ruga master plan from the project consultant, Mr. Emmanuel Ozigi. The project, according to him, will be located in the three senatorial districts of the state and will be fully and jointly funded by the state government and the 14 local government councils of the state. He said…

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BORNO GOVERNOR DONATES SAMBISA FOREST FOR RUGA

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara, has donated some parts of the enclave of the Boko Haram, Sambisa forest, for the controversial Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) programme. The governor also mobilised the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Agro Rangers and hunters to secure the large expanse of the forest and make it safe for the scheme. The allocated area (forest) covers six council areas of Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Chibok, Damboa and Askira/Uba. The governor made the decision public last Monday when he hosted the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji…

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PDP LEADER SUPPORTS RUGA

Sen. Walid Jibrin, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged Nigerians to embrace the establishment of Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) programme of the Federal Government. Jibrin told newsmen at his Nasarawa country home on Tuesday in Nasarawa State that the proposed settlement policy for herdsmen would promote peace and security in the country. He also explained that the programme would boost food security and improve on the health and standard of living of rural communities. Jibrin, who is also the Sarkin (leader) of Fulani in…

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BUHARI’S AIDE, ENNANG BEGS SOUTHERN STATES TO PROVIDE LAND FOR RUGA

   Says scheme to gulp N2.2bn in 2019 The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, at the weekend called on states in the southern part of the country to support the implementation of the proposed RUGA cattle settlement programme by making land available. According to him, N2.258 billion was provided for its implementation in the 2019 budget. He spoke in Abuja while hosting students of Law School, Abuja, from Akwa Ibom State. He explained that the word – RUGA is not derived from…

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HOW I BROUGHT RUGA TO ABIA BY ORJI KALU

Onyedi Ojiabor, Assistant Editor THE controversy trailing the aborted establishment of RUGA settlements for Fulani herders in parts of the country may be far from over. Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on Friday said that the apprehension being expressed over the plan by the Federal Government to create Fulani settlements for herders under the acronym name of RUGA was misplaced. He told reporters in Abuja that he established a successful RUGA settlement in Abia State when he was governor of the state in 2001. The controversial cattle market,…

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PRESIDENCY SPEAKS ON NORTHERN GROUPS THREAT ON RUGA

Friday Olokor and Chima Azubuike The Presidency on Tuesday clarified that the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government was not suspended. While advising Nigerians not to worry about the 30 days ultimatum given by the Coalition of Northern Groups over the Ruga settlement project, the Presidency advised the CNG to respect the Office of the President which, it said, took the decision in the national interest. The Senior Policy Adviser (Agriculture Interventions Coordination) in the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Andrew Kwasari, stated this in an interview…

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