Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has disclosed that the National Livestock Transformation Plan was endorsed by all Nigerian governors in a last-ditch effort to bring an end to the lingering and perennial clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country.
Osinbanjo who made the statement during the flagg-off of the pilot NLTP scheme at Gongoshi, in Mayo Belwa Local Government of Adamawa State, Tuesday noted that the federal government merely provide support for the project but not directly involved in it.
“At the height of the farmers/herders crisis in Nigeria, the National Economic Council that is composed of the governors of 36 states met under the aegis of the council itself to look for possible ways of resolving the problems associated with the farmers/herders situation and ensuring economic growth at the same time.
“The governors set up a committee comprising governors of the following states: Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Delta, Oyo, Taraba, Zamfara and Plateau States to develop a plan that was christened National Livestock Transformation Plan.
“After the plan was designed by that committee, of governors, it went back to the governors at the National Economic Council and was endorsed by all the executive governors.
“It was agreed that some states will be picked as pilot States and the pilot States are the following: Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba and Kwara States.
“The essence of the plan is that it is a collaboration between the federal government, state government, farmers, pastoralist and private investors.
“In this plan, the state government, federal government does not and will not take any land from any state or local government. Every participating state will provide the land and its own contribution to the project. Federal Government merely support the project,” he said.
Speaking further, Vice President Osinbajo, said the aim was to find a lasting solution to farmers and herders conflict as well as ethnic conflict in some states.
Speaking earlier, Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, commended the federal government for initiating the programme with the aim of modernizing livestock in seven states in the country.
He said, five grazing reserves have been air marked for the programme in the state.
“Gongoshi grazing reserve in Mayo Balwa local government area has 9,500 hectares of land for the programme while in total the five grazing reserves have 60,000 hectares of land”.
Governor Fintiri called on the beneficiaries to support and ensure judicial use of the programme.
In a similar development, the Vice President also commissioned 60 Toyota Hilux Sports Utility Trucks and 55 motorcycles aimed at enhancing security in the state.
He commended the governor for the move saying that security of lives and properties is a priority of the federal government of Nigerian.
Osinbajo urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the vehicles to ensure security for all and sundry in the state.