The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sunday extended invitation to all herdsmen in the country to relocate to Kano State, promising them vast grazing land for their cattle.
The governor gave the assurances that he had enough structure and resources to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.
He also condemned the killings arising from clashes between herdsmen and farmers in various parts of the country.
Ganduje made the declaration during the monitoring of the state’s “free vaccination of over one million cattle and other small animals” at Kadawa Artificial Insemination Centre in the Garum Malam Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the vaccination was part of government’s efforts at encouraging herdsmen contributing to the state’s economy and ensuring the animals were healthy.
Ganduje said, “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.”
The governor further revealed plans were under way, in collaboration with the Federal Government and foreign agencies to turn the 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 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.”