The Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, has stated that the RUGA settlement programme by the Federal Government remains the best option for settling Fulani herdsmen in a permanent location and enhance livestock production in the country.
The Kebbi Governor stated this while giving newsmen a tour around some Fulani settlements in Jega Local Government Area on Tuesday.
“RUGA is just a Rural Grazing Area. It was conceived a long time ago to bring into one place nomads and their animals for permanent settlement, with all the necessary provision of pasture and grazing to improve animal husbandry.”
“It still remains the best option for settling nomads in a permanent abode and enhances livestock production in the country”
Bagudu promised that his government would continue to provide basic amenities to all Fulani settlements in the state.
“The amenities will include water, schools and health facilities in furtherance of our effort to meet the objectives of the RUGA programme,” Bagudu said.
According to NAN some of the settlements visited by journalists were Runtu Birni Malam and Ingarje Jandutsi in Jega Local Government.
Others were Kirya and Banbala in Suru Local Government Area.
Some Fulani leaders appreciated the governor for his visit and pleaded with the state government to rehabilitate water facilities in their settlements.