Governor Nyesom has offered a solution to the raging controversy over the planned RUGA settlement programme of the federal government in which large hectares of land is proposed to be used for the settlement of cattle herdsmen. Thus the project which is codenamed RUGA is planned for all the states of the federation.
However, the planned project was hurriedly suspended because of the mass protest and uproar that it attracted throughout the country especially in the southern part of the country.
Among the southern governors who have opposed the policy is Nyesom Wike of Rivers state who vowed that no iota of land in the state would be used for RUGA programme to settle herdsmen. He reiterated the fact that irrespective of the name given to any form of settlement plans for herdsmen, Rivers state would not participate in such programme.
However, to show sympathy for the herdsmen who are in a desperate situation to get water and green vegetation for their cattle the amiable governor is proposing to donate water in whatever quantity from the Bonny ocean to the north for use in cattle rearing. This reason the governor will save the herdsmen the stress of coming to the south to look for pasture..
Wike proposed that water pipes be laid from the bonny ocean through to the north in order to water their ground for vegetation to thrive for cows insisting that this is the only help he can offer the herdsmen who have turned murderous and bandits in an attempt grab peoples land for their cattle.
The governor further insisted that all lands in the state are meant for commercial farming hence there is no land to accommodate herdsmen settlement.
Wike expressed the views when he received in audience at government house, port Harcourt Apostle Nuhu Kure, the founder and President of throne room trust ministries. According to Wike “If they want water for cattle they can lay pipes from the Bonny ocean to the far north for their cattle. That is what we can contribute.
We don’t have lands for any settlement scheme, our land is for commercial agriculture, he insisted. Meanwhile, Kure who was in port Harcourt to hold an emergency prayer summit for the country called on the federal government to arrest without delay the Northern Youth Forum who gave the federal government a 30-day ultimatum to implement RUGA.
Kure described the said ultimatum as baseless provocative and a hate speech observing that if not arrested it would embolden them to contemplate and do more evil in the country.