Thursday, 27 June 2019

Youths Protest FG Plan To Build Ruga Settlements In Benue

Over 100 youths yesterday staged a protest against the Federal Government’s plan to build settlements for herdsmen in Makurdi, Benue State capital.

As earlier as 7:30a.m. the youths, despite the downpour, marched through major streets of Makurdi with placards and chanted songs against settlements for herdsmen.

Some of the placards read: “No land for Ruga”, “We don’t want killer herdsmen”, “Call on the Federal Government to stop the policy”.

Addressing reporters at the gate of Government House, Makurdi, convener of the group, Comrade Angu Orngu, said Benue people would not allow settlements for herdsmen.

Angu said the policy was another way of introducing cattle colony in disguise.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has embarked lands for the settlements.

The lands are located in Ukum, Benue Northeast; Tarka Benue Northwest and Otobi, Otukpo Local Government Area in Benue South.

The mounting of signposts by officials of the ministry on the lands have sparked off a crisis in the food basket state.

The state government, on its part, has rejected the plan, saying there is an Anti-Open grazing prohibition law in place.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Samuel Ortom, Terver Akase, said going by the Land Use Act, only the governor can allocate land to anyone.

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