The immediate past Hon. Member, representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Fed constituency of Ebonyi state in the House of Representatives, Linus Okorie has described the RUGA Settlement Initiative of the Federal Government for herdsmen in states across the country as a crisis waiting to explode.
He disclosed this in a press statement personally signed, saying that: “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.”
While saying that Cattle ranching remains the solution and there are many successful models to ape from, the former lawmaker tasked the FG to package an appropriate Ranching Stimulus and Economics to drive that dormant goldmine.
The statement read: “it’s a no no to RUGA. And this has nothing to do with politics and PMB. It’s about economics, 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.”
He however led on the FG to implement ranching system instead with appropriate incentives to address inherent fears and capacity gaps of the herders and would-be investors.
The lawmaker is also from the constituency of former President of the senate, Anyim Pius Anyim and also the constituency of the current Gov of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi