By our Taraba correspondent
Saturday, July 6,2019
Youths in Taraba state have commended the federal government for listening to the voice of the people by suspending the controversial Ruga settlement project.
The youths who under the auspice of Taraba Volunteer Group (TVG) made the commendation while briefing media practitioners in Jalingo, urged the government at the national level to concentrate on policies that “have future of carrying and treating every one as equal citizens and not giving one ethnic group or community a privilege or advantage over and above other ethnic groups .”
Citing sectional 42 (1) (b) of the 1999/constitution which according to them, was clearly against the idea of separate settlement for any ethnic group, the Ruga project, as unanimously observed by them was “targeted at benefiting mainly the cattle or livestock community who are mostly from the Fulani ethnic extraction.”
The section of the constitution quoted by the group as observed by our correspondent, reads ” a citizen of a particular community, ethnic group,place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion, shall not, by reason only that he is such a person be accorded either express by , or in the practical application of any law in force in Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action” adding that ” any privilege or advantage that is not accorded to citizens of Nigeria or other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religion or political opinion s.”
Led by its state coordinator, Terence Joseph and the legal adviser, Nierus Johnson ,called on the federal government to direct the fund set aside for the Ruga projects to heralding smiles on the faces of the internally displaced , persons across the country.
According to them “we also call on the federal government that rather than spent huge sums of money to benefit only a particular community in the name of Ruga settlement, such funds should rather be redirected to ameliorate the sufferings of millions of Nigerians in IDPs camps who are victims of killers herdsmen attacks.’
Citing the Open Grazing law 2017, which according to them seeks to establish ranches for rearing livestock in line with international best practice, they beckoned at the federal government to ” support Taraba state government towards the full implementation of the law” adding that ” this is the best way or strategy to have lasting and enduring peace in the state between herders and the famers .”