In his resolve to settle Fulani herders to curtail their unsecured movement to other parts of the country and neighbouring nations, also with the view to transforming the practice from socio-cultural to socio-economic, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has fast tracked the take-off of Dansoshiya RUGA settlement, with the immediate completion of 5 Solar-Powered boreholes, in the past few weeks.
Not only that, the boreholes have since started been utilized by some herders, who described the project as "One of its kind, which aims at fully integrating them into the mainstream national economy."
An inspection of the boreholes construction at the site by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, Auwalu Iliyasu Riruwai, recently, sets into perfection, Ganduje's considerable ingenuity and commitment in the all-encompassing project.
The forest called Dansoshiya is located at Dangora town of Kiru local government of Kano state, where apart from the 5 boreholes that are seen as start ups, other infrastructures as well as social amenities that are to be provided in the settlement, are reaching some advance stages.
Construction of over 200 number of houses, that comprises of 3-detached flat residences, with 2 bedrooms, kitchen, store and toilet, are all in progress.
"It is signifying to note that Earth Dam of over 100,000m3 capacity of water is under construction, in principle. As the Geophysical survey is being carried out. It is from there that the data got from the survey will be used to come up with the design plan of the dam and other estimate," says Dr Jibrilla Mohammed, the Chairman of the RUGA project Committee.
Site clearance for the Dam construction has reached about 80 percent and other infrastructures to be put in place comprise of road networks, Veterinary Clinic, Human Clinic, Primary School, Mosque, Market, Police Outpost, among others. All of which will soon be started.
A Fulani cattle rearer called Sulaiman from Kwanar Dangora commended Ganduje for the good initiative, calling on other herders to come to Kano and find solace, both in rainy and dry seasons.
He said "This project will improve the already existing peaceful atmosphere in the state. It will also go a long way in finding lasting solutions to crisis between farmers and herders."
Another herder, identified as Modibbo Bello appreciated that, "Before now we had to travel very long before we can get water for our cattle. And we move to Southern part during dry season. From there up to other neighbouring nations. But now we are not moving anywhere."