Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Friday announced that his state has began the implementation of the RUGA settlement programme.
Ganduje said this during the inauguration of a 16-man committee who are to identify critical areas of settling herdsmen across the state.
The committee, under the leadership of Jibirilla Ahmed, is to also determine the type of social and infrastructure services that will be provided for the settlement.
“You are to determine the type of social service and infrastructure that will be provided for the RUGA settlement, using veterinary hospitals, clinics, water schools, markets, and also looking into the whole system.”
The governor tasked the committee to focus on the socio-economic part and not the socio-cultural offerings the initiative has offered over time.
“It is more of socio-cultural, rather than socio-economic and it has to change to socio-economic, otherwise, it will continue to be an uneconomic venture.
“So in Kano, having looked at all the issues concerned, both at the national and state level, we decided to create RUGA settlements in our forests that are existing and with the help of Islamic development bank, grazing areas will be provided.”