Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has reacted to the proposed RUGA Settlement in the State.
He said Ondo State is only interested in ranches. He stressed that the state has already allocated some lands in two different locations for ranches where one of the site can accommodate over 5,000 cows.
The governor reacted on twitter after he was asked by a twitter user to publicly give his stance on the RUGA Settlement initiative after several states in the South-West have rejected it.
In his words, Governor Akeredolu said; “Our stance on the #RugaSettlements debate is clear. Ondo is only interested in ranches. We have 2 large ranches existing in Akunnu & Auga. Auga can accommodate 5000 cows. A key difference here is that we have no preference for who manages the cattle. The ranch owners decide.”
” The primary reason for #RugaSettlements although understandable does not truly factor the interests of every State. We have a youth unemployment crisis our ranches can address. Ondo State must prioritize agriculture due to the arable nature of our land.”
The governor implored the Federal Government to revisit the proposed RUGA Settlement after it has been rejected by several states.
” A lot of our land is already earmarked for forest reserves. The FG must understand why we need to be strategic in our decision making. We implore the FG to revisit the proposal based on feedback from the different States & act accordingly.”