Economic Council committee proposes N100billion for livestock plan

Cyril Okonkwo

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The sub-committee of the National Economic Council, NEC, on farmers/herders conflicts has proposed a N100 billion budget to support the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP.

This is one of the recommendations contained in the report that the sub-committee, headed by Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, presented on Thursday to the meeting of NEC, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Umahi, who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting, said that “the federal government is to contribute 80% in grant to support states, while states will contribute land, project implementation structure, personnel and 20% cost of the project.”

Emphasizing that the federal government did not impose the NLTP on the states, Governor Umahi said there was need “to continue to establish that the livestock transformation plan is a creation of the NEC and state governors.

And of course the Minister of Agric and Interior are members of the sub-committee and it is entirely distinct from RUGA.

NEC adopted the NLTP on January 18, 2019.  It is a creation of the NEC in liaison with the federal government.

States will determine whether or not they are willing to participate.  Each state in Nigeria is free to determine whether such state is willing to participate.”

According to Umahi, the NLTP “is not targeted at only cows, but holistic strategy to address animal husbandry.”

He said the plan has six pillars, including conflict resolution; justice and peace; humanitarian relief and early recovery for internally displaced persons, IDPs.

The other pillars of the plan, announced by Umahi, are human capital development, cross-cutting issues and economic development.

The committee proposed an implementation guideline to guide federal government and states,” he stated.

Review of protocol

Another recommendation of the Umahi sub-committee in its report to the NEC was the review of the  Trans-Human West African Regional Protocol.

He said the recommendation was necessary because Nigeria could not continue to allow the movement of cattle without registration and monitoring.

Umahi said the sub-committee commenced its work in February to address the root causes of farmers/herders conflicts in seven states.

He said the committee visited Adamawa, Zamfara, Benue, Nassarawa and Taraba states in the course of its work.

He called the media to do more to explain the issues involved in the NLTP to Nigerians.

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