Kano state has joined the number of states in northern Nigeria that are going ahead with the establishment of Rural Grazing Area Settlements, which is otherwise known as RUGA.
Subsequently, governor Abdullahi Ganduje has inaugurated a thirteen man committee for the establishment of the Settlements.
TVC News Ibrahim Isah reports that Nigeria has been grappling with diverse security challenges, Insurgency, Kidnapping and most recently herder-farmer conflicts.
Northern States are particularly prone to clashes between farmers and herders leading to deaths and displacement of properties.
Amnesty International Reports that in 2018 alone, more than 168 people were killed as a result of the clashes.
The Kano State Government is drawing up strategies to control movement of herdsmen and prevent subsequent clashes with farmers and host communities, by establishing grazing areas in the state popularly known as RUGA.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje inaugurated a thirteen-man committee to ensure the smooth creation of the grazing reserves in the state’s famous falgore forest and dansoshiya forest.
The Federal Government had in 2015 constituted a Strategic Action Committee to address issues of grazing reserves.
The committee agrees that the effect of climate change and desertification is a major factor that necessitates an annual trans-human movement from
the North to South.
In June, 2019, the Government announced the commencement of Ruga Settlements as a measure to end farmer-herder clashes in the country. The inaugurated Kano Committee assures Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of a commitment to serve.
The Kano Government also plans, in collaboration with some philanthropic individuals in the state, to establish a Milk Market in the state to ensure
easy sales of diary products .
Farmers and Herdsmen in Kano are hoping that sooner or later, grey areas between them would be mitigated.