Ganduje Inaugurates Committee On Establishment Of RUGA Settlement

Kano State Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje on Thursday inaugurated a 13-man committee on ‎the establishment of RUGA settlement in Kano to curb farmers/herdsmen clashes.

Ganduje, who inaugurated the committee at the Government House, Kano, said that settling the herdsmen in one place would improve their economic activities and curb crises.‎

He said that the settlement would be designed in such a way that it would expand the economic base of the state.‎‎

He said that some of the crises continued because of the types of cattle coming from West African countries were too large to be accommodated by any grazing route.‎

” One cannot accommodate or stop the herdsmen and their cattle from entering the country because of the Economic Community of African States (ECOWAS) protocol.‎

‎”The whole system is more of socio-cultural ‎than socio-economic and it has to change to socio-economic otherwise it will continue to be an uneconomic venture,” he said.

‎‎Ganduje said that the terms of reference of the committee included:

“To identify areas and location for the establishment of the milk market for the Fulani women with order investors on a public-private partnership to easily sell their products.

“To identify areas suitable for the establishment of RUGA settlement and improvement of the living condition of nomadic cattle rearers.

“To produce a whole master plan for the establishment of RUGA ‎settlement and to also determine the type of social services and infrastructure, such as hospital, water, schools, market ‎, and veterinary clinics,” he said.

‎The governor said that the project would be carried out in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank.

‎The committee, which has representatives from all security agencies, ‎was given three weeks to submit its report.

Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Dr. Jubrila Mohammad, had thanked the governor ‎for the confidence reposed on them and promised to complete the assignment within the time frame. (NAN)