“Tinubu creates Livestock Development Ministry to halt farmers/herders clash”- Ganduje

Ganduje on livestock ministry

Inaugurates Renewed Hope implementation c’ttee

President Bola Tinubu has approved the creation of a new Ministry of Livestock Development.

Ganduje on livestock ministry2

This came as he yesterday inaugurated the Renewed Hope livestock reform implementation committee at the State House, Abuja. The committee is mandated to provide sector-focused solutions to address the age-long farmers-herders crisis.

Recall that on September 14, 2023, the National Livestock Reforms Committee recommended that Tinubu create a “Ministry of Livestock Resources” to, among other deliverables, reduce the decades-long gory conflict between farmers and nomadic cattle herders nationwide.

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, disclosed this to State House Correspondents shortly after he led the committee in an audience with the President at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

It formed part of 21 recommendations captured in a document submitted to the President to enhance the Federal Government’s holistic response to the lingering cases of bloodshed. The document spelt details of the proposed solutions where the committee advocated a reform agenda examining conflict mitigation and resource management.

Ganduje, who was former Kano State governor, explained the complexity of the challenge at the time, said that the Government’s approach must address the four kinds of herders: those who settle at home, nomadic herdsmen traversing the country, those from neighbouring West African countries as well as those who have settled among certain ethnic tribes and indigenized.

He lamented the sector’s low productivity, saying it made Nigeria import-dependent, draining scarce foreign reserves for importing dairy, meat, and other livestock products.

Similarly, Ganduje argued that the conflicts are resulting in killings of citizens and loss of livelihoods, further affecting peaceful co-existence in the country.

He said, “The Report grew out of the urgent need to reform and develop the livestock industry and to provide solutions to the age-long conflicts between herders and farmers in Nigeria. But, to find the solution to achieve the desired goals, you’ll need a strong institution”.

He noted that the committee also recommended a funding source, including inflows from international organisations, the private sector, and the Government.

In a different story, President Bola Tinubu has extended his best wishes to renowned Islamic leader, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi on attaining the milestone age of 100.

In a statement issued yesterday by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu described Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi as a shining light who has significantly contributed to shaping Islamic knowledge, as well as moral and ethical standards in modern Nigeria.

He thanked the Tijjaniyyah leader for dedicating his life to spreading knowledge and raising generations of Nigerians.

In the President’s congratulatory message to the Islamic cleric, Tinubu said, “On this momentous occasion, President Tinubu prayed for greater wisdom and good health for the venerable Sheikh”.

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