Kano state government has averred that massive physical investments in Dansoshiya Forest, in the tune of billions of Naira, would be the springboard from which agro-pastoral development programs in the state would be launched.
The Project Communication Specialist, Kano State Agro-Pastoral Project (KSADP), Ameen K. Yassar in a signed statement said Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawauna, made the assertion while chairing a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project, in his office.
“The provision of infrastructure such as school, market, clinic as well grazing land will help us to transform Dansoshiya into a model grazing reserve in this country”.
“We have already informed the Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihoods Fund, LLF about what we have started separately in the forest like the housing units for the pastoralists, the dam and some other things. They have agreed to come and see what we have started which will encourage them to fast track related projects under the KSADP”.
According to Yassar, Dr. Gawuna recalled that Borno state had earlier this year sent a delegation to Kano to imitate its agro-pastoral development model, stressing that both Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihoods Fund, LLF, envision the KSADP as a model for future development projects in Africa.
Dr. Gawuna, who is also the state Commissioner for Agriculture, however, stressed the need for synergy between the KSADP and the state government Ruga Committee to ensure the viability of projects at Dansoshiya.
The Deputy Governor was happy that the Kano Agro Pastoral Development Project has started to gather steam due to the political will of the state governor and the support from the state legislature, who will provide guidance and oversight roles in respect of the overall project implementation.
The KSADP steering committee meeting, which focused on the project’s budget for 2021, observed that with timely release of operational funds, things would work out well.