From Umar Dankano, Yola.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo has launched the new National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP)2019-2028 in Gongoshi Village of Adamawa State.
Osinbanjo announced during the launching yesterday, that the programme has nothing to do with the initially suspended Federal Government Ruga project stressing the National Economic Council were the bodies that conceived the programme.
Osinbanjo explained that the matter was presented at the National Executive Council meeting and was subsequently approved for interested states that may queue in.
“As we are here in Mayo belwa to Flag off this National Livestock Transformation Plan ,our people should know that the national economic council consisting of all the 36 State Governors brought the matter as a way to address herders/farmers crisis in the country.
“It was at that point,that a committee of 6 Governors agreed to introduce the program in their states and all an interesting state will provide land for the project “.Osinbanjo stressed.
He said that the programme if fully implemented will go a long way in addressing the age long herders/farmers crisis which already have been accepted by six states as pilot states including
Adamawa,Taraba,Benue,Plateau,Kaduna ,zamfara and Nassarawa respectively.
He added that it is only states that are interested and their contributions to the project will be provision of land in that state.
Earlier in his welcome address,Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri emphasised that the program has a lot of benefits to the state especially the farmers/Herders challenge.
Fintiri stated that the very time the council’s approved the project, a committee was immediately set up at the state level by his government.
Similarly,Vice President Osinbanjo flagged off the official commissioning of the brand new 60 Units of Toyota Hilux vehicles and 50 units of motor cycles to boost security in the state