The National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, resolved to pump in N100billion into the National Livestock Transformation Plan.
The initiative was recently launched by the federal government at the Gongoshi Grazing Reserve in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of Adamawa state.
The concept is designed to run from 2019-2028 as part of federal government’s initiative in collaboration with States under the auspices of the National Economic Council.
Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi who serves as chairman sub-committee on herders/farmers crisis explained to State House correspondents, that it was targeted at supporting the development of Nigeria’s livestock sector.
He mentioned that it will be implemented in seven pilot states of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states.
While the federal government would provide 80percent of the funding, 20percent would come from the organized private sector.
Umahi explained that the plan was not targeted only on cows but a wholistic strategy to address animal husbandry.
He said it 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.
He mentioned the six pillars to include: economic develop (investment), conflict resolution, justice and peace, humanitarian relief and early recovery (that is to IDPs), human capital development and cross-cutting issues such as gender, youth, research and information and strategic communication.
“The committee proposed N100 billion budget to support the project. Federal government is to contribute 80 percent in grant to support the project while states will contribute land, project implementation structure, personnel and 20 percent cost of the project.
“Council resolved today that there is need to look at the trans-human West African protocol, you cannot allow such movement of cattle without registration and monitoring; Council emphasised the need to continue to establish that the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) is a creation of NEC and state governors and of course Ministers of Agriculture and that of Interior are members of the committee, and it is entirely distinct from Ruga.
“NEC adopted the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) January 18, 2019 and it is a creation of national economic council of course in liaison with the federal government.
“States will determine whether or not to participate. Federal government did not impose this plan, participation remains voluntary. What we are talking about is National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) which is a product of NEC in liaison with federal government”.