Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has called for a law banning movement of cattle from the northern part of the country to the south.
The governor who made the call while speaking to journalists after he and All Progressives Congress (APC) governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state, said if the movement of cattle is not stopped, there will be no end to farmer-herder conflicts.
The governor said his administration is already constructing a settlement for herders in a forest near Kano’s border with Katsina.
He said the settlement will have houses, a dam, an artificial insemination centre, and a veterinary clinic.
Fielding question on how far he had gone with the Ruga project in his state, Ganduje said “we are building a Ruga settlement in Samsosua Forest, our border with Katsina and we have succeeded in curtailing the effect of banditry in that area.
“So, we are building many houses, we are constructing a dam; we are establishing a Cattle Artificial insemination Centre; we are establishing a veterinary clinic and already we have started building houses for herdsmen.
“My advocacy is that we should abolish the transportation or trekking of herdsmen from the northern part of Nigeria to the middle belt and to the Southern part of Nigeria.
“There should be a law that will ban, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot control the cattle rustling which is affecting us greatly.”