Monday, 5 February 2018

‘Relocate To Kano Now’; Governor Ganduje Invites Fulani Herdsmen To His State

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Kano State Governor, Dr. Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, at the weekend, urged all herdsmen resident outside Kano to relocate to the state. Ganduje said: “All Fulani herdsmen resident in other parts of the country, especially Benue and Taraba states, should relocate to Kano State since the state has vast grazing land to accommodate them and their cattle.”

Ganduje, who stated this while inspecting vaccination of over one million cattle and other small animals’ free-of-charge at Kadawa Artificial Insemination Centre in Garum Malam Local Government Area of the state as part of activities to mark the 2017/2018 livestock vaccination programme, condemned the recent killings emanating from clashes between farmers and herdsmen, describing it as unacceptable.

Speaking further during the occasion tagged; “Towards Conservation of Livestock Resource and Animal Protein for Citizens of Kano,” Governor Ganduje said the exercise was made to keep the animals healthy and improve the economy of the state.

According to him, the over one million cattle and small animals vaccinated for free will be free of animal diseases, adding that his administration was committed to the welfare and economic wellbeing of Fulani herdsmen. He further stated that as part of his government’s commitment to encourage herdsmen in the state, the state government had continued to provide facilities that will contain the herdsmen and their cattle so as to prevent them from travelling to other states in search of grazing land.

According to him, Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin do not move out of Kano to other states, “because we have enough grazing land, ranches and traditional stock route. So, they don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.”

According to him, “I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them. We have grazing lands in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other reserved places where facilities are in place to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”

The governor also revealed that already, his administration was in collaboration with the Federal Government and foreign agencies to convert the Falgore Game Reserve into a modern grazing land. According to him, “Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria.

The place has been designed to contain schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that can give the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and do their business without hindrance. “These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clashes over lack of grazing land while we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve underutilised.”

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