We Don’t Have Any Land For Herdsmen Settlement – Ortom To FG.
Ortom said that Benue State had no territory to propose Ruga colonies to Fulani herdsmen for the federal government.
In a declaration by its Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the Governor stated that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture imposed Ruga settlement policy on nations during the National Agriculture Summit in Owerri, Imo State, in April this year.
The governor also said the delegation from the Benue State reminded the summit that the state had a ranching law that had gradually eliminated open grazing.
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The declaration added that a director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and his team in Benue State informed representatives of the State Agriculture Ministry a few weeks earlier that he had received instructions from the Abuja office of the Ministry to create Ruga in areas of the state, which implies ‘ Fulani settlement. ‘ The declaration added that three local government areas of the state had been chosen for the Ruga villages by the manager: Otukpo, Tarka and Ukum.”We see the Federal Ministry of Agriculture’s strategy not only as a gross breach of the law on ranching, but also as an insult to the sensitivities of the entire Benue State individuals.
“In April this year, during the National Agriculture Council in Owerri, Imo State, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture tried to impose Ruga settlement on the nations but the Benue State delegation took the opportunity to remind the Summit that Benue State has an open grazing law on ranching. No one presented an alternative technique of animal husbandry at the summit to counter the presentation of the state.
“The Benue State Government is prepared to assist cattle owners in setting up ranches as laid down in the law banning open grazing.
“We would like to reiterate, however, that Benue State has no territory to graze reserves, grazing paths, colonies of cattle or settlements of Ruga. The state has only territory to set up ranches.