Zamfara State Government has mapped out 20,000 hectres of land in each of the 17 emirate councils for the immediate construction of 7000 housing units for Rural Grazing Areas in the state.
According to a statement signed by the Press Secretary to secretary to the state government, Alhaji Idris Salisu, the 500 housing units will be made up of one and two-bedroomed flats.
Other facilities to be constructed are grazing reserves for cattle, a dam, schools for both western and Islamic education, nomadic education, mosque, cattle market as well as milk processing factory, all for the Fulani settlers.
The committee, set up by the state government to identify locations for the construction of RUGAs, has already visited the forest reserved at Rikwa village under Dansadau Emirate of Maru Local Government Area of the state for the commencement of the programme.
The committee, led by the Special Adviser to Governor Matawalle on Security, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, has surveyors, engineers, agric experts and other experts drawn from state ministries.
While addressing the community of Rikwa during the visit for the proposed location of RUGA on Sunday, Dauran said they were in the area to inform them about the government’s initiative to make the area more conducive for the Fulani community.
Dauran called on repentant Fulani bandits to accept the government’s intention and initiatives in good faith, stressing that the administration of Matawalle would leave no stone unturned to ensure the return of peace to the state.
While urging the Fulani community to caution their youths against violating the peace accord between them and the Hausa, Dauran assured them of the government’s commitment to protecting their interest.
He said the state government would also establish similar settlements in Maradun and Zurmi emirates.