There Is Room For You In Kano, Governor Ganduje Tells Herdsmen
Following the several clashes between the herdsmen and citizens of communities around the country, the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has revealed that he is ready to play host to all the herdsmen especially the ones in places that are being attacked.
Ganduje further stated that Kano State has a vast land that can be refurbished and used for modern grazing which will house millions of herdsmen as well as their cattle.
This was made known by the governor yesterday at Kadawa Artificial Insemination Centre in the Garum Malam Local Government Area of the state were free vaccination was given to over one million cattle and other small animals.
The vaccination exercise was to mark the 2017/2018 vaccination programme. This year’s exercise was tagged, ‘Towards Conservation of Livestock Resource and Animal Protein for Citizens of Kano.’
According to Ganduje, “the recent killings during the clashes between farmers and herdsmen were unacceptable.” “The vaccination was initiated to keep animals healthy and improve the economy of the state.”
“As part of the government’s commitment to encouraging herdsmen in the state, Kano State Government had been providing facilities that would accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle to discourage them from moving to other states in search of grazing land.”
Ganduje continued, “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. 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.”
“I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them. We have grazing land in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other places, where facilities have been provided to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”
Ganduje further revealed that the state has partnered with the Federal Government to convert “Falgore Game Reserve into a modern grazing land.”
“Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria. The location has been designed to accommodate schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that would provide the herdsmen with enough comfort to take care of their animals and transact their business without any hindrance.”
“These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land when we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve, which is being underutilised.”
Meanwhile, Kano State is currently carrying out a registration programme for all herdsmen and their cattle to enable the government take care of them and give them free vaccination and other incentives
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