The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has flagged off the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) at the Gongoshi Grazing Reserve in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of Adamawa.
Inaugurating the project, Prof. Osinbajo said the plan was designed to run from 2019-2028 as part of Federal Government’s initiative in collaboration with States under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC).
He said the plan, targeted at supporting the development of Nigeria’s livestock sector, is to be implemented in seven pilot states of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara.
According to the vice president, the plan will be implemented as a collaboration project between the Federal and State governments, farmers, pastoralists and private investors..
According to Osinbajo, the unique feature of the plan is that any participating state will determine its own model.
“I wish to emphasize that this is not RUGA. Because the idea of RUGA settlements launched by the Ministry of Agriculture created a problem when it was perceived as a plan to seize lands to create settlements for herders.
“RUGA was not the plan designed and approved by the governors and the President rightly suspended the implementation,” Osinbajo said.
Governor of Adamawa State Ahmadu Fintiri explained that the flag-off of the plan was a robust all encompassing life-changing transformation programme in the livestock sub-sector.
Gov. Fintiri said the introduction of the plan was the
solution desired for peaceful coexistence among diverse people of the state.
“The Plan will create job opportunities and solve lingering conflict between farmers and herders,” Fintiri said.