Zamfara State government has said it would spend N8.631 billion for the construction of modern Ruga settlements in the state. Governor Bello Matawalle made this known on Wednesday during the inauguration of the construction of one of the three pilot Ruga settlements at the hometown of the governor in Maradun Local Government headquarters, Zamfara State.
He said that each of the three pilot Ruga settlements, which would be situated in each of the three senatorial districts, would cost N2.877 billion. According to him, each settlement will be fitted with 210 two and three bedroom houses, western and Islamiyya schools, earth dams, grazing land and mosques. Other facilities to be provided will include police stations, 130 shops and mini markets, livestock markets, diary collection and social centres, roads and drainages among others.
Matawalle, who celebrated his 100 days in office with the official foundation-laying of the Ruga settlement said the activity would also witness medical outreach to both Fulanis and their animals throughout the state. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who commended the initiative, said that RUGA as an acronym for Rural Grazing Area, which was formed since pre-colonial era for improved pastoral and farming growth.
He described as unfortunate the crises between herders and farming communities, saying the modern Ruga settlement to be established by the Zamfara government would go a long way in addressing the conflict.