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Farmers-Herders Clashes: President Tinubu Creates Ministry of Livestock Development

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has established the Federal Ministry of Livestock Development to further explore the potential in agriculture.

Tinubu made the announcement on Tuesday at the inauguration of the Renewed Hope Livestock Reform Implementation Committee at the State House, in Abuja.

The committee which was established to address recurring conflicts between herders and farmers in Nigeria is to be chaired by the President, with the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, as the Deputy Chairman.

The President appealed to everyone to avoid partisan politics over the new initiative.”I will assume the chairmanship of the committee as President and appoint Professor Attahiru Jega as my deputy or co-chair.

“This is not about politics; this is about opportunity. This is about our nation. While I may be absent, Jega will preside and continue to promote our objectives,’’ the President said.

Recall that the decision to create the ministry is coming at the heels of the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Mitigation of Associated Conflicts in Nigeria.

The President affirmed that the recommendations from the conference informed the Constitution of the Presidential Committe.

“The far reaching recommendation in their report, informed our decision to constitute and inaugurate this presidential committee on the implementation of livestock reforms and cease the great opportunity to better the lives of our people, rather than the conflict promoted agenda.

“It, is our renewed hope and I believe that hope is here. Trying to see a great opportunity for wealth in a situation that is very conducive.

“This presents a unique opportunity also to delineate and establish a separate ministry called the Ministry of Livestock Development.

“We will develop the economy, give people the opportunity to excel. Our vet doctors can give us the necessary opportunity to rear, crossbreeding and stop the wanton killings, even animal feeds is a huge economy.These ranches you recommend, and promote, I will work with it”, he said.

The President thanked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje for his efforts in assembling experienced and reputable experts to ensure the activation of opportunities in the livestock sector.

The President noted that the traditional method of livestock farming will need to be reviewed and repositioned with the support of stakeholders, which include state governments, in order to open up new opportunities for growth and prosperity.

President Tinubu said the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) will ensure the removal of all legal obstacles to the implementation of the reforms, while the Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani will provide support with automation.

The President also said the reforms will be comprehensive and collective, urging the support of all stakeholders.

“We need to provide the incentive to enable Nigeria to finally take advantage of livestock farming; dairy products and cold-chain logistics collectively offer substantial commercial and economic advantages. We have seen solutions and opportunities. With these adversities that have plagued us over the years, I believe that prosperity is here – in your hands.

“The dairy industry contributes significantly to nutrition and food security by supplying essential proteins and vitamins, through milk and its derivatives, such as cheese, yoghurt, and butter. Efficient cold-chain logistics is crucial in maintaining the quality and safety of these perishable goods from farms to markets, thereby reducing food waste and ensuring a steady supply.

“This sector will boost agricultural productivity, enhance export opportunities and stimulate economic growth by fostering a robust value chain that benefits farmers, processors, herders, distributors, and consumers alike,’’ the President said.

Responding, the former Chairman of the committee thanked the President for taking further action, following the submission of a report on livestock reforms on September 28, 2023.

Present at the inauguration were Vice President Kashim Shettima, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, and Chief of Staff to the President Femi Gbajabiamila.

The Committee is expected to come up with recommendations that would foster a peaceful co-existence between herders and farmers while ensuring the security and economic well-being of all Nigerians

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