OrderPaperToday – Senate whip and senator representing Abia North senatorial district, Orji Uzor Kalu, has thrown his weight behind the Ruga policy of the federal government.
Kalu however blamed the controversy trailing the policy on lack of clear communication and consultation by government.
Senator Kalu in a briefing with journalists over weekend, noted that the business of cattle herding is lucrative because he is involved in it.
He explained: “When people talk about Ruga I wonder. In 2001, I did a Ruga in Abia. In Lokpanta I built it and the cows were being sold in Umuahia and Aba. In 2001, I invited the Hausa Community and they said Umuahia and Aba we needed to decongest. We have shoprite in Umuahia today used to become settlement the same thing with Aba we had an honest meeting with them and agreed that I will provide them land and water electricity, everything but this would be your location.
“I collected five coaster buses to show them the land and if it is agreeable by everyone. I had meeting with the communities and they agreed in Lokpanta and that is the biggest cow market both southeast and southsouth of Nigeria today. So it is about the attitude of people to issues.
“Some of us are the largest sellers of cow. I started selling cow as far back as when I was in the university I am still selling cows till tomorrow because it is profitable so most of the cows you see are also not owned by Hausa people. We trade on cows.”
He advised the Federal Government to always do further consultation whenever they want to embark on such issues.
He said: “It is not just to go and put a deliberate policy and say I want to do Ruga. People in village don’t understand what Ruga means they will panic and say they want to kill all of them. So people should have information because information is power and power is information.”
The former Governor of Abia state also urged the Federal Government to invest in the education of Northerners.