The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has disclosed that his administration had in the past, sponsored about 74 Fulani children to Turkey, to study milk processing.
The Governor made the disclosure on Saturday, during the inauguration of 200 Ruga Housing Settlements for Fulani herders, at Dansoshiya village, in Kiru Local Government Area of the State.
He added that his administration has constructed 4 million litres of earth dams for the Fulani cattle breeders, who would have no cause to move away in search of water.
According to him, herdsmen are invited from across Nigeria, to come to Kano, and enjoy the bounties of his government’s new Ruga Settlements.
He noted that the settlement has all the basic infrastructure, including water, grazing reserves, milk processing factory, and markets.
Governor Ganduje expressed concern over the long sufferings of herdsmen, whom according to him, have suffered enough humiliation in Nigeria, by way of loss of lives, stealing, and rustling of their cattle, and others.
He reminded that a true Fulani man is not known for violence, but because of the alleged humiliation they were usually subjected to, they were being forced to retaliate.
“Today, you see a Fulani man doing robbery, kidnapping, and other social vices, therefore, the need for a Ruga Settlement for him is highly desirable”, Governor Ganduje said.
He added that the irony of the whole thing, is that a gallon of milk is costlier than a gallon of petrol, which clearly shows that an average Fulani man is not poor, neither is he stupid.
“It further revealed that most of the dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen come from Mali, Cameroon, and other African nations”, he added.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Kano State Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Zubairu Ibrahim, commended the Governor for fulfilling his promises on the project.
He assured the Governor that they would ensure proper utilisation of the project.