Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has called on all Fulani herdsmen, resident in other parts of the country, especially Benue and Taraba states, to relocate to his state, saying the state has vast grazing land to accommodate them and their cattle.
The governor, a Fulani, extended the invitation while inaugurating the state annual livestock vaccination, targeted at cattle and other small animals for free, at Kadawa artificial insemination centre in Garun Mallam local government area of the state.
“Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria.
“If they decide to relocate, we will construct dams and provide other amenities like schools, police stations, hospitals, veterinary clinics, markets and other social amenities, leading to established ranches.
“This will also help enhance the economic status of Kano as a meat and dairy products centre,” the governor said.
He also said that the state has grazing lands in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other reserved places have facilities are in place to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.
Ganduje explained that the herdsmen were not a threat to the people of Kano as they share the same religion and were conversant with the lifestyle of the citizens, who are mostly Hausa and Fulani.
The governor described as senseless killings under the guise of “Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash” over lack of grazing land, saying such things must be brought to an end.
He also said that his administration has embarked on the registration of herdsmen and the numbers of their cattle to enable government take care of them through free vaccination and other incentives that will add value to their business.
“A Cattle Intervention Centre has been established to address the challenges associated with rumination of herdsmen within Kano.
“Just recently, we sponsored the training of over 61 Fulanis, who were sent to Turkey to learn artificial insemination.”
On the livestock vaccination, the governor explained that the over one million cattle and domestic animals like, sheep, goats, etc would be vaccinated against several diseases, towards conservation of livestock resource and animal protein.
He added that his administration is committed to the welfare and economic wellbeing of the Fulani herdsmen.
In his remarks, a cattle breeder, Malam Ahmadu Changi, appealed to the state government to stop local government councils from allocating cattle route to farmers and other interested parties.
He explained that such action was the major cause of disaffection between herdsmen and farmers.
Meanwhile, the governor presented empowerment packages and N4 million cash to 150 youths, who were sponsored on agricultural training by the state government at Leventis Foundation Training School, Fanda.
By Our Correspondent
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