The Zamfara State governor Bello Matawalle has said that the state will implement the
Ruga settlement initiative, to resettle herders and boost economic activities.
The governor told the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajiamila who
visited the state that the state government will go ahead with the programme in spite of
its suspension by the Federal Government.
The governor said that he is confident that Ruga Program will transform the nomads to
sedentary life which will significantly address the farmer herder crisis in the state.
Matawalle said arrangements have been put in place to set up the Ruga settlement on a
hundred hectare land in each of the three senatorial districts of the state.
According to him, the government would provide schools, hospitals and veterinary
clinics as well as earth dams in the new settlements. He however appealed to the
leadership of the National Assembly to facilitate the release of the ten billion naira
Federal Government Special Intervention Fund approved for the state to resettle people
displaced by banditry.
In response the speaker of the house of representative femi gbajabiamila hailed
Matawalle over the successes recorded under the Peace and Reconciliation Initiative
targeted at ending banditry in the state.