The Federal Government has suspended the planned Ruga Programme. The National Executive Committee (NEC) on the farmers-herders crisis confirmed the suspension of the program today after a meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
According to the committee, the suspension is owing to lack of consistency with the NEC and FG approved national livestock transformation plan which has programs of rehabilitation of displaced IDPs resulting from the crisis and development of ranching in any willing state.
The NEC says the program is not compulsory and any state interested is required to draw up a development plan towards the implementation in line with the NEC program based on the challenges inherent it.
Those at the meeting are governors of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, Plateau, Simon Lalong and Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu.
The Ruga initiative has for some time been generating heated debates in various quarters with some arguing that it is a scheme by the government of the day to reposition the Fulani tribe.
However, the presidency has defended the controversial Ruga settlements programme saying that the initiative is for the benefit of all.