- Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano says his administration is planning to boost the state's economy with the proposed RUGA settlement
- Ganduje promises that the RUGA settlement to be created in Kano would accommodate all herders from West Africa
- The governor promises that the settlement will have hospitals, schools, markets and even industries
The governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Thursday, July 18, inaugurated a 16-man committee for the establishment of RUGA in the state.
In collaboration with Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Ganduje believes that the government and the state can take advantage of the Ruga settlement to advance its economy.
The Nation reports that Ganduje promised that the settlements would accommodate herders from the state and those across the country and West Africa.
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“This is a very important committee, considering the fact that RUGA has become a contemporary issue. We are all aware of the security and social conflicts it is creating across the country,” Ganduje said while inaugurating the committee at the Government House.
He listed the three different types of herdsmen to include those who raise cows around their houses, those who move from the north to the middle belt and the south in search of water during dry season.
“Then, going by ECOWAS protocol, we also have herdsmen who travel from neighbouring countries of Chad and Cameroon to the northern part of the country, from where they also move to the south in search of grazing land for their cattle. So, this is where the issue lies,” the governor said.
He added that since it is aimed at boosting the economy of the state, infrastructures such as schools, hospitals, livestock clinic, houses, markets and others social amenities would be provided in the Ruga settlements to make life comfortable for the herdsmen.
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The committee, he said would also work on the possibility of creating a milk market for the wives of Fulani herdsmen who face difficulties selling the product because of lack of storage facilities.
Ganduje noted that some private investors have indicated interest to partner with the state government on the establishment of the market.
He said the committee is to identify areas or locations for the establishment of milk market; areas suitable for the establishment of RUGA for the resettlement and improvement of nomadic cattle breeders as well as production of master plan for the settlement.
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The committee will also “determine the type of social services and infrastructure to be provided at the RUGA settlement such as veterinary hospitals, market stalls, bore hole; and identify any other issue incidental to the assignment.”
The committee is given three weeks from the date of inauguration to submit its recommendations.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the majority whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, recently said there is nothing bad with the idea of RUGA settlements.
The former Abia governor disclosed this at an interactive session with journalists in Abuja recently.
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