By Ibrahim Sidi KAULAHI, Gusau
FORMER MINISTER of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has commended collaboration by the Federal and Zamfara State Governments which resulted into achieving 80 percent restoration of peace in Zamfara State.
Fani-Kayode, who made the commendation in a press briefing at Government House, Gusau, yesterday, said he was in Zamfara for one week tour to assess by himself the media reports that repositioned the state as paradise for investors.
“I decided to share with the citizens of this country and even non nationals, the return of peace I have witnessed during my tour in Zamfara State is encouraging enough.
“I found it necessary to call on the Federal Government to extend the same collaboration to other troubled states with a view to ensure total stoppage of merciless killings, kidnappings of innocents and cattle rustling as did in Zamfara State.
“Zamfara is blessed with high concentration of mineral resources even in commercial quantity including gold, diamond and most other economic potentials, which if carefully utilized, the national dependence on oil would be an issue of the past.
Fani-Kayode further suggested that, what had been done to have addressed the lingering banditry activities in the state should be applied to rid of terrorism and other high profile criminal activities in the north east.
He described the idea of RUGA projects as part of formidable measures to tackle herders/farmers crisis as it was aimed to end the mobility of cattle rearers from one zone to another, the development which at many times witnessed the trigger of misunderstandings upon encroachments of either farm lands and or grazing reserves.
“I have visited one of the ongoing three RUGA settlement projects at Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State. It was well planned as it contained veterinary for animals, hospitals for Fulanis, schools for religious and that of western education.
“With the completion of such RUGA’s, cattle rearing communities do not need migration for feeding because even the hay were grown there, earth dams as well, well equipped milking rooms and mini markets were constructed.