SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 11
Updated: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday in Adamawa State, launched the National Livestock Transformation Plan(NLTP), which the Vice President and his aides insist, is different from the infamous RUGA settlements project.
Osinbajo was accompanied by the Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.
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According to Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, the National Livestock Transformation plan was developed by States through the National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by the VP and is not to be confused with RUGA.
In July 2019, the Vice President said 13 states in Nigeria have already signed up to the NLTP.
According to the VP, the States are Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Kwara, Ondo, & Edo.
“On the National Livestock Transformation Plan, 13 States are already in the process of implementation of a plan to transform the livestock production system in Nigeria along market oriented value chain while ensuring an atmosphere of peace and justice.
“ These States are at different stages in the process, but have indicated readiness to implement the plan. Truth is: this FG will not impose on any State government regarding its land.
“NEC okayed Plan based on the recommendation of a Technical Committee of the Council chaired by Ebonyi State Gov. Umahi. Other State Governors who were on the Committee & Working Group are Adamawa, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Oyo & Zamfara-mostly the frontline states,” Osinbajo said.
The NLTP is a holistic plan developed from the recommendations of the extensive national policy dialogues conducted by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2017 on modernizing the livestock sub-sector and the findings of extensive stakeholder consultations by the National Economic Council (NEC) Farmer-Herder Crises Committee on the drivers of the conflicts in 2018.
The plan has 6 pillars in order to systematically address the concerns of livestock modernization as well as resolve farmer-herder conflicts sustainably. They are: Conflict Resolution, Justice and Peace, Humanitarian Relief and Early Recovery, Human Capital Development; Crosscutting Issues of (Research, Youth and Gender) and Economic Investment (cattle production along the value chains).
Sources told Today’s Echo that the NLTP was developed from recommendations based on extensive stakeholder consultations by the National Economic Council (NEC) Farmer-Herder Crises Committee on the drivers of the conflict in 2018 and the plan was approved by all 36 governors in January 2019. The plan was to finalise on design and procurement process, before engagement with States and Local Governments for identification and provision of sites while the Ministry of Interior would be engaged to finalize the logistics and modalities of mobilizing the Agro- Rangers for the provision of security.
The following are the differences between RUGA and NLTP:
• While RUGA focuses only on livestock, NLTP caters to the concerns of both pastoralists and crop farmers for a mutual coexistence.
• RUGA will provide amenities such as basic water, shelter, health and security infrastructure as well as feed sources and pasture, while the NLTP addresses the concerns of livestock modernization through the following six pillars: Conflict Resolution, Justice and Peace, Humanitarian Relief and Early Recovery, Human Capital Development; Crosscutting Issues of (Research, Youth and Gender) and Economic Investment (cattle production along the value chains).
The co-ordination of the NLTP will be carried out at the Federal level by the NEC NLTP Steering Committee through the Project for Agriculture Coordination & Execution (PACE) Secretariat to be domiciled in the Office of the Vice President. In phase one, the PACE Secretariat will initially support the development of pilot ranches in each of the 7 pilot states (Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara). States can also opt-in with private land provisions to help shape the success of the pilot phase.
Furthermore, each State Governor is responsible to put in place a suitable delivery mechanism for the NLTP. Project for Agriculture Coordination & Execution (PACE) office domiciled in the Office of the Vice President, will support them. Governors would have the State Steering Committees (state livestock office) sitting in their offices and approve and manage the budgets for the state livestock project management teams (SLPMO)How is this plan being implemented?
Over 95 pilot ranches are to be built in partnership with the State Governments, private investors and development partners within gazeted grazing reserves only. 6 state governors have identified 28 gazetted grazing reserves for the project.