Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara, has donated some parts
of the enclave of the Boko Haram, Sambisa forest, for the controversial
Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) programme.

The governor also mobilised
the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Agro Rangers and
hunters to secure the large expanse of the forest and make it safe for
the scheme.

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The allocated area (forest) covers six council areas of Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Chibok, Damboa and Askira/Uba.

The
governor made the decision public last Monday when he hosted the Shehu
of Borno, Alhaji Garbai El-Kanemi, who paid him Sallah homage.

He
said the deployment of agro rangers, vigilantes and hunters are to
protect farmers and herders in their respective communities.

Umara
told the monarch that the state government would also deploy an
Emergency Rapid Response Team (ERRT), comprising of security personnel,
to protect commuters and rural dwellers against Boko Haram insurgents
and bandits.

According to the governor, “This administration is
determined to strengthen the security architecture to encourage farming
and herding activities across the state.

“We’re also
distributing 80 patrol vehicles to the response team so that farmers,
herders and commuters could move as well as travel within a radius of
30-40 kilometres of Maiduguri metropolis.”

Umaru said the security response team, comprises 500 troops and hunters that know the terrain of the forest.

On
RUGA implementation, he said: “About 75 trained agro rangers and 300
hunters will also be mobilised next week to enable farmers cultivate
their farmlands that were prevented by terrorists’ activities.

“The
state government is determined to address the root causes of insurgency
through improved security; fight against drug abuse and enhance food
security with increased job creation among unemployed youths.”

He
revealed that the state government had also embarked on vegetation and
bush clearance of 187-kilometre Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road, noting that
the exercise would ensure safety of travelers and motorists to ease
movements of goods and services in the state.

The governor also
directed the immediate demolition of illegal structures in the
metropolis, adding that the structures are suspected to be used by
prostitutes and illicit drug dealers, and must be checked to sanitise
the state capital.

In his response, the monarch, who
commended the governor, called for an effective security measures along
with the demolition of illegal hotels in Maiduguri.

Source:- Thisdaylive

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