Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has approved the use of a part of the Sambisa Forest for Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) programme.
The governor has also called on Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Agro Rangers and hunters to help protect the expanse of land which has largely been the den of daredevil terrorist organisation, Boko Haram.
The Sambisa Forest area covers six local government areas of Borno State namely Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Chibok, Damboa and Askira/Uba.
Zulum made the decision public last Monday when the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai El-Kanemi, paid him Sallah homage. Alongside the security agencies, local hunters and vigilante groups have also been contracted to guard the area.
The governor in his address also said an Emergency Rapid Response Team has been set up to ensure adequate security at the mapped area.
“This administration is determined to strengthen the security architecture to encourage farming and herding activities across the state.
“We’re also distributing 80 patrol vehicles to the response team so that farmers, herders and commuters could move as well as travel within a radius of 30-40 kilometres of Maiduguri metropolis.”
“About 75 trained agro rangers and 300 hunters will also be mobilised next week to enable farmers cultivate their farmlands that were prevented by terrorists’ activities.
“The state government is determined to address the root causes of insurgency through improved security; fight against drug abuse and enhance food security with increased job creation among unemployed youths.”
The state governor also promised to provide tight security along the road networks in the state.