A former Federal Lawmaker in Ebonyi State, Hon Linus Okorie, has urged the Federal Government to rescind its decision to establish RUGA Settlements across the country to forestall another security threat in the zone.
The Federal Government (FG) through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture recently announced its decision to establish RUGA settlements across the country. It said the scheme would help to end herders and farmers clashes across the country.
Hon Okorie who is the immediate past Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Agricultural Colleges And Institutions said the scheme if implemented would escalate rather than address the security challenges across the states.
Okorie who who is a Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party PDP emphasised that what the FG should do was to effect a comprehensive reform of the nomadic culture and its economics.
Okorie who represented Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency OHANAIVO recommended the repackaging of the ranching model as against RUGA.
The former Lawmaker in a statement in Abakaliki on Monday stated that ranching was the best solution to the herders and farmers clashes across the country.
Okorie’s position which was contained in a statement wsigned by his Media aide, Prince Chijioke Agwu,and made available to Leadership said there were many successful ranching models to copy from and called on the government to package an appropriate ranching stimulus and economics to drive the goldmine.
He further advised the South East Governors not to allow the implementation of the scheme in the zone if the FG fails to drop the scheme.
Okorie said opposition to the scheme was not about politics nor criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari but about nationality stability and security.
“I support the comprehensive reform of the nomadic culture and economics, including any stimulus to accelerate their trade. But RUGA is no way an acceptable option. It’s crisis waiting to explode”.
“Cattle ranching remains the solution and there are many successful models to ape from. The FG should package an appropriate ranching stimulus and economics to drive that dormant goldmine. But it’s a NO NO to RUGA. And this has nothing to do with politics and PMB. It’s about economics, it’s about national stability and security. It’s about not creating more problems trying to solve one”.
“Any State governor, especially in the South that yields land for RUGA may never recover from its negative effects even after office and this is no rocket science.
“Above all, a forceful implementation of the RUGA policy would certainly propel a spiral to national crisis and instability.
“Political, natural, religious and opinion leaders owe the nation the urgent duty to speak up on this matter and to offer ameliorative advise to Mr President at this time and help him find reason to abandon the policy in the national interest.
“Let’s please rethink it, no one would lose any face. Let’s implement ranching instead with appropriate incentives to address inherent fears and capacity gaps of the herders and would-be investors”.