Tinubu creates ministry of livestock development

Our reporter/ President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday announced the creation of the federal ministry of livestock development in a move expected to end the perennial clashes between pastoralists and farmers.

Tinubu announced the approval of the creation of the ministry while inaugurated the Presidential Committee on Livestock Reforms at the Council Chamber of the State House in Abuja.

Nigeria has been locked in years of conflicts between farmers and herders. But Tinubu believes the creation of the ministry will resolve the lingering impasse.

“Who says the solution is far? I say, ‘No, the solution is here.’ Majority of you have great experience and you want Nigeria to prosper,” he said.

“To enable Nigeria to finally take advantage of livestock farming, we have seen the solution and opportunity for this adversity that has plagued us over the years and I believe the prosperity is here in our hands.”

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With the move, Tinubu says Nigeria can now look forward to “maintaining the quality and safety of these perishable goods from farm to market thereby reducing food waste and ensuring a stable supply”.

Following the approval, he said the federal government is fully prepared to cover the cost of acquiring lands to ensure the peaceful co-existence of pastoralists and farmers.

While President Tinubu will chair the committee on livestock reforms, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, is the deputy chairman.

The committee is expected to propose recommendations aimed at fostering a peaceful co-existence between herders and farmers, ensuring the security and economic well-being of Nigerians.

Tinubu’s announcement comes 10 months after he approved the establishment of the presidential committee to address herders and farmers’ clashes and bolster livestock and dairy industries.

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He set up the committee after receiving a report from the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Mitigation of Associated Conflicts in Nigeria.

The committee, chaired by the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, gave President Tinubu 21 recommendations, including creating a Ministry of Livestock Resources.

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