Northern governors adopt livestock plan in place of RUGA

Northern Governors Forum Credit: Thisday

The Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF), has adopted the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in place of the proposed controversial Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) policy.

The Forum Chairman and Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong said NLTP was adopted because it “lays out clear path for modernising pastoral activities”.

The decision was made on Thursday when governors of 19 Northern states met in Kaduna to deliberate on ways to tackle regular herders and farmers clashes in the region.

Speaking on insecurity in the region, Lalong said, the Forum has raised a committee headed by Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari to develop a comprehensive regional action plan to tackle insecurity.

Lalong said: “Another major issue we shall also deliberate on is the livestock management in the country and, in particular, our region, which has continued to generate discourse, controversy, misinformation and even politicisation.

“At this meeting, we shall deliberate on the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), which was commissioned by the National Economic Council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and seeks to support and strengthen the development of market-driven ranches in the livestock ecosystem for improved productivity through breed improvement, pasture production, efficient land and water utilisation.

“As a region that holds the comparative advantage in livestock management as an economic and socio-cultural vocation, we need to come up with a common front on how to synergise and draw from the funds available for the programme and ensure that we derive maximum benefits for our people.

“This is important because of the urgent need to cultivate the buy-in of all stakeholders and provide a conducive environment for nomadic herders and those who rear livestock, using the private/public partnership model to key into the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government.”

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