The massive physical investments in Dansoshiya Forest will be the springboard of agro-pastoral development programmes in the state it will be launched, the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawauna, said.
Gawauna spoke on Wednesday evening while chairing a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project, in his office.
He said “the provision of infrastructure such as schools, markets, clinics 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,” Gawuna explained.
He recalled that Borno State had earlier this year sent a delegation to Kano to imitate its agro-pastoral development model.
He stressed that both Islamic Development Bank and the Lives and Livelihoods Fund, LLF, envisioned the KSADP as a model for future development projects in Africa.
Gawuna, who is also the state Commissioner for Agriculture called for synergy between KSADP and the state government Ruga Committee to ensure the viability of projects at Dansoshiya.
He expressed happiness that the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project had started to gather steam due to the political will of the governor and support from the state legislature, which would 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 the timely release of operational funds, things would work out well,” Gawauna said.
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