Be harsher to deforesters of Falgore, ex-ranger urges KNSG
By Salisu Baso
Kano State Government has been urged to take decisive measures against deforestation of Falgore Game Reserve.
The former Chief Ranger of the reserve, Alhaji Tanko Musa made the plea in an exclusive interview with The Triumph in his residence at Tudun Wada, in Tudun Wada Local Government Area, expressing deep concern with the present condition of the forest occupied by bandits and deforesters in the name of firewood business.
He described it as unfortunate due to the vision of the first military administrator of Kano State, Police Commissioner Audu Bako, who established the reserve for Kano State to attract tourists and promote Internally Generated Revenue.
The ex-ranger lamented that previous governments neglected the reserve, thereby attracting Fulani cattle herders from Niger Republic, Cameroun, Mali, Chad and many other countries to take over the place even before banditry came to the fore.
Alhaji Musa further said the then government provided all necessary amenities including accommodation (Falgore Catering Rest House) for the visitors to the forest aside the wildlife, “but the settlement of cattle herders named Sullubawa in the forest during the administration of Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi, was the beginning of notorious activities in the reserve with incessant attacks on the joint security force of Police and forest rangers.”
He said this made the same government to deploy police personnel to eject the Sullubawa from the forest, which continued until the Alhaji Sabo Bakin Zuwo government resettled them temporarily at the forest, but could not remove them before he left office.
Alhaji Musa, who is also the head hunter (Sarkin Dawa) of Tudun Wada, further said since the incursion of these Fulani into the forest, criminal activities continue day by day, until the army was deployed.
On the problems of deforestation in the name of fire wood business, the former chief ranger appealed to the appropriate authorities to come to the aid of the forest, saying the reserve has very high tourism potentials and will generate revenue.
The former chief ranger then commended Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for providing a training facility for the Nigerian Army in the reserve, to check criminal activities within the area.