RUGA: Senator Gershom Bassey Seeks Permanent Suspension Of The Federal Government’s RUGA policy

In Breaking News, National News, Politics, Reports

By Patrick Obia

The Senator representating Cross River South senatorial district in the 9th Assembly, Senator Gershom Bassey, has added his voice to calls for the permanent suspension of the proposed establishment of Rural Grazing Areas otherwise known as (RUGA) by the Federal Government.

The Senator argued that Cattle rearing is a private business and should be allowed to remain a strictly private sector affair.

Senator Bassey who also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending the controversial RUGA policy said the suspension should be permanent since it had already been rejected by many states and Nigerians at large.

The Federal lawmaker who was the deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources in the 8th Senate, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, added that;
“A lot of people who are far more experienced and knowledgeable in this matter (Cattle business) have proferred workable solutions like ranching”. “But I think the key thing from my take away is that this is a private sector matter. It is essentially a private sector matter and not a public sector matter and therefore solutions should be tailored to creating enabling environment and also taking people’s liberties into account.

“So, these are not things you can decree or you can force people to do. There are things that are done voluntarily like we do in the private sector. In the private sector there is the issue of demand and supply and if people want something a need is created for that thing but if people don’t want that thing, there is no need to try to force it down their throat.”

“So, I think there must be a wider conversation and at the end of the day, the good news is that the President is listening. So that is a good step in the right direction.”

He commended President Buhari for being sensitive to the yearnings of the people on what he described as ”a very unpopular policy” by listening to the populace, the electorate and taking the proper steps which was to suspend the RUGA Settlements policy.

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism


CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.

CLICK HERE

New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here


Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On CrossRiverWatch.com Today

You may also read!

Before You Misrepresent The Facts BY JARIGBE AGOM

I have heard some people say, Governor Ayade made me. For those that have been around, we all know

Read More...

CALABAR: Landlord Sets Tenant Ablaze Over 11,000 Debt

By Emma Una David Ntiero Okon, a landlord in Calabar, the Cross River State capital is currently colling his

Read More...

#CRNorthDecides: PDP, AAC May Lose Out As INEC Publishes Candidates Details

By Jonathan Ugbal Ahead of the October 31, 2020 senatorial bye-election in Cross River northern district, the Independent National

Read More...

Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now