Government Not Establishing Farms In Imo For RUGA, Says Uzodimma

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has said that the reason behind the renovation on some in­tegrated farms in Imo was not for Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) purposes.

In a communique signed by Oguwike Nwachuku, Special Adviser (SA) Media/ Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, it was stated that contrary to speculations that the Imo State Government was planning to use the so-called farms for RUGA, the Governor said those behind such insinu­ations are simply enemies of the people who do not want the government to take steps to tackle the mounting youth unemployment facing Imo.

Recently, Governor Uzod­imma moved to revive some integrated farms in the state such as Achara-Ubo Farm in Emekukwu, Songhai Farm in Nekede and the Avutu Poultry farm in Obowo.

But no sooner did a govern­ment contractor move into one of the farms than speculation became rife that the govern­ment had started RUGA im­plementation in the state for Fulani herdsmen settlement.

At Achara-Ubo Farm in Emekukwu, for instance, youths and other Ubowalla Community members had taken to the streets to protest the cleaning of the Farm by the contractor and even ended up locking the place.

However, in dispelling the rumour, Governor Uzodim­ma said he was not only con­cerned about the youths who needed to be properly engaged, but the potentials inherit in renovating, rehabilitating and reviving the now prostrate Achara –Ubo Farm.

The Governor therefore ad­vised Imo indigenes to dwell less on rumour-mongering, particularly when the chan­nels to obtain accurate infor­mation on government inten­tions are available.

He said that the army of youths in Imo State who roam about the streets as a result of not being properly engaged was enough to worry any re­sponsible government, noting that what is required now is a government that thinks out­side the box to fix our prob­lems.

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