The Katsina State Government, in synergy with the Federal Government, has commenced the construction of 10 primary schools for herdsmen and other residents living in Rugu forest, following the return of “relative peace” in the area.
Our sources reliably gathered that the forest is an accomplished centre for cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities.
The forest, which is described by security experts as an equivalent of the Sambisa forest in Borno state, stretches across six LGAs of Katsina State and parts of Kaduna and Zamfara states.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the Federal and State Security Administrators’ Meeting (FSSAM), heldon Thursday, at theConference Hall of the state secretariat.
The governor said aside the 10 primary schools undergoing construction in the forest, his government in collaboration with federal government would also construct roads and earth dams in the forest to ameliorate the plights of residents of the area.