Just In: FCT Minister Establishes RUGA In Abuja over Open Grazing

The First Ruga settlement is reportedly established in Nigeria’s capital city despite clamour by Nigerians to engage optimized modern grazing.

This is coming following the prohibition of open grazing of cattle by the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

Based on the report, the Administration stated it had delivered the directive to the Fulani herdsmen leadership within the FCT.

Dr. Hassan Abubakar, the Director of, Abuja Environmental Protection Agency, disclosed during an interview with newsmen on Tuesday acknowledged that the one month ultimatum earlier handed out to the pastoralists had expired, adding that offenders could be sanctioned henceforth.

The FCT’s decision is in opposition to the ban on open grazing agreed upon by the Northern Governors’ Forum, which accepted the method is outdated.

The AEPB director revealed that over 100 cattle confiscated earlier have been given back after payment of fines issued by a court, adding that any herder found rearing on Abuja streets could be penalised heavily.

He additionally said a special team had been constituted to implement the directive.

Abubakar also disclosed that the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, had allocated five locations for cattle grazing in Kwali, Abaji, and Kuje Area Councils.

Meanwhile, the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has said all states must establish Ruga.

He divulged on Wednesday while addressing journalists after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in his State.

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