NEC Approves N100bn For Implementation Of NLTP

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The sum of N100bn has been approved by the National Economic Council (NEC) as a budget for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

Presided over by the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the proposal yesterday.

This was disclosed by the Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi who served as chairman sub-committee on herders/farmers crisis while speaking with the State House correspondents after the Council meeting in Abuja.

He said, “The plan is not targeted only at cows but a holistic strategy to address animal husbandry.

“The plan has six pillars through which it aims to transform the livestock production system in Nigeria along market-oriented value-chain while ensuring an atmosphere of peace and justice”

According to the governor, the committee stated that the Federal Government would bear 80% of the N100bn while participating states would support it with the balance of N20bn and land for the program.

He added, “Council resolved today that there was a need to look at the trans-human West African protocols; you cannot allow such movement of cattle without registration and monitoring.”

Speaking, Zamfara state’s governor, Bello Matawalle revealed that about seven states have been selected by the Federal Government for the commencement of the NLTP.

He said the pilot states were Zamfara, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Plateau, Katsina and Gombe.

The adoption of the seven states, according to Matawalle, was as a result of the security situation in the states, especially the herders and farmers crisis.

If the plan is well-executed, it will contribute towards having lasting solutions on the security situation bedeviling some parts of the country,” Matawalle said.