Ruga Settlement: Livestock transformation plan remains – Presidency

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From:  Bamidele Fashube, Abuja

The Presidency said the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government remains and has not been set aside contrary to claims.

The Senior Policy Adviser (Agriculture Interventions Coordination) in the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Andrew Kwasari, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

He spoke at a training programme jointly organised by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue themed: “Dialogue and Negotiations: Why, When and How To Be Effective.”

“No, the National Livestock Transformation Plan has not been suspended; in fact, it has been enhanced because Mr. President, in his wisdom, has spoken and directed that this is the plan that we should be working around to implement,” says Kwasari at a training session organised for the executives of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).

“We will need an all-encompassing committee of the National Economic Council, National Food Security Council, and Federal Executive Council working together to deliver this plan. So, for us, this is the type of leadership that the country needs. So, there is no mention of suspension whatsoever for the NLTP.”

He reassured Nigerians not to bother about the 30-day ultimatum given by the Coalition of Northern Groups over the suspension of the nationwide implementation of the Ruga settlement for the herders.

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