Ondo communities reject RUGA, threaten to drag govt to court.

By Ade Adewumi

Leaders of the four communities in Akoko area of Ondo state have threatened to drag the state government to the court of law for allegedly ceding their land for RUGA without any consultation and their consent.

The communities namely Auga, lse, Ikakumo and Akunnu, did not only threaten to go to court but vowed to resist the forceful takeover of their land with their blood.

Recall that the state government had designated the communities for the establishment of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP.

This has pitched the four agrarian communities in Akoko against the state government .

Many people including traditional rulers are bittered  as they woke up to see the signpost of NLTP at their doorstep by the state government .

They said this was done without any prior knowledge or briefing by the government and its agencies.

At a recent meeting of the aggrieved communities, they kicked against the project because they were not carried along by the government.

 The meeting mandated the traditional rulers to meet with the government and convey their message and rejection.

They rejected the action  insisting that no consultation was made before it was decided that their communities should be used for the project.

A prominent leader in Akunnu, Alhaji Kazeem Idris, said: “We are not happy that we woke up to see a signpost at our doorstep saying the area had been earmarked for NLTP better known as RUGA. The government’s action is not only unfortunate but arrogant”.

“The community was not consulted or carried along. Even the traditional rulers knew nothing”.

With additional information from Vanguard Newspaper