Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has stated that his administration will go ahead with plans to create RUGA settlements for herdsmen in the state.
This is following the suspension of RUGA settlements by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari had suspended the RUGA initiative following public outcry, saying the initiative lacks consistency with its national livestock transformation plan.
However, after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Yahaya said he is yet to agree with the suspension of the initiative because the action could be “inimical to our people”.
The governor said: “President Buhari’s intention on the Ruga settlement scheme is laudable and the people of Gombe, who are predominantly Fulanis will definitely key into it.
“As I speak to you now, Gombe state government has set aside over 200,000 hectares of land for the implementation of the Ruga Settlement scheme in the state.
“So, because some states rejected the scheme doesn’t mean that Gombe state will not go ahead to implement it.
“Up till now, I don’t want to believe that the pilot scheme has been suspended. We are going to continue with it, because to us it’s a very good initiative in view of the hardship our people (herdsmen) are now facing.
“We need to find a lasting solution to their predicaments so as to save their lives because they are Nigerians too.
“So, I don’t want to believe that the president has suspended the scheme – this is worrisome and may be inimical to our people.’’