The Borno State Government, has donated some parts of Sambisa forest, an enclave of the boko haram insurgents, for the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA), programme.
TOS TV gathered that Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, of Borno State, made this known when he hosted the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai El-Kanemi, at his home.
According to the Governor, the donation is to “encourage farming and herding activities across the State”.
The Governor, also disclosed that the State Government in collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), would deploy a team of special agro-rangers, vigilantes, and hunters, to protect farming communities in the State.
We are geared to strengthen the Security architecture, to encourage farming activities. The State Government is establishing an Emergency Rapid Respond Team; made up of 500 hunters and Military personnel.
“We are providing 80 patrol vehicles to the team, so that farmers, travelers, and commuters, can move safely within 30 and 40 kilometer radius from Maiduguri. About 75 special agro-rangers and 300 hunters, will also be mobilised next week, to protect farmers, to enable them cultivate their farmlands.
“This administration is poised to address the root causes of insurgency through the improvement of security, check drug abuse, enhance food security, and provide employment opportunities to reduce poverty, as well as enhance wealth creation in the society”, Governor Zulum stated.