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North Alone Can Accommodate Ruga Settlements —Niger Govt

Adds: "North had the largest land mass in the country with greater portion largely untapped"

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Niger State government has said the Northern states have the potentials to accommodate the federal government’s Ruga settlement plan.

In an interactive session with newsmen on Monday in Minna, the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), Ahmed Matane, said: “the North had the largest land mass in the country with greater portion largely untapped.”

He added that Northern state governors, in collaboration with the federal government, should put the land into judicious use through the Ruga settlement initiative.

He said the initiative could look at the possibility of reactivating the structures already put in place by the defunct Northern Region government through the many grazing reserves that abound in the North.

According to him, most of the reserves had been gazetted with already developed structures but abandoned.

Matane added that they should be rehabilitated and upgraded for use, pointing out that the ongoing discontents over the proposed settlement were needless.

He said, “Bringing the nomads together would end the conflict thrown up by the struggle for space. The Ruga initiative would lead to development and enhancement of livestock value chain.”

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