FG sets up committee to deliver Ruga grazing plan

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…decries unilateral implementation

By our reporter

The Federal Government will press ahead with the implementation of the Ruga model settlement programme ‘in due course’ after an implementation committee for the project has been put in place; document seen by our reporter has shown.

The government last Wednesday announced the suspension of the planned Ruga settlement project following widespread protests by a cross section of Nigerians especially from the southern and middle belt states.

Although no reason was given officially for the suspension of the programme, the document cited by our reporter showed that the project was suspended and not cancelled because it was ‘unilaterally implemented’ by the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development and was “not in accordance with the designs approved by the National Economic Council (NEC); the National Food Security Council (NFSC) and the Federal Executive Council (FEC).”

As a result government is determined to repackage it for implementation before lifting the suspension.

In order to ensure that the Ruga programme is implemented, government said it would put in place an implementation committee made up of the National Livestock Transformation Program comprising of representatives from NEC, NSFC and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, adding that the committee would “be inaugurated in due course to oversee the delivery of this project.”

The memo with reference number SH/05/A/2393 by the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari  and addressed to the permanent secretary of the ministry of Agriculture and Rural development was copied to the vice president; chairman, Nigeria governors forum; the vice chairman, National Food Security Council and governor of Kebbi state. Others who were copied include secretary to the government of the federation, national security adviser and head of service of the federation.

It would be recalled that Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu announced the suspension of the Ruga settlement project after meeting with  the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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