Borno State donates Sambisa Forest for the establishment of Ruga

Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has donated part of Sambisa Forest to the Federal Government for the establishment of the Ruga Grazing Settlement.

Sambisa Forest is the stronghold and base of the deadly Boko Haram terrorist group.

The governor announced the donation when Alhaji Garbai El-Kanemi, the Shehu of Borno, paid him a Sallah visit at the Government House in Maiduguri the capital of the state.

“We have identified six different locations we consider safe for the pilot scheme in the state. The Ruga scheme is as old as history; it is not a new thing. I don’t know why some people are politicising it.

“This administration is determined to strengthen the security architecture to encourage farming and herding activities across the state.”

Governor Zulum noted that the state government would provide 80 patrol vehicles to boost the security in the state, adding that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, agro rangers and hunters had been mobilised to secure the area.

“About 75 trained agro rangers and 300 hunters will also be mobilised next week to enable farmers to cultivate their farmlands.

“The state government is determined to address the root causes of insurgency through improved security, fight against drug abuse and enhance food security with increase job creation for youths.”

He noted that his administration is committed than ever before to end insurgence and bring peace to the state.

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