The federal government is intensifying its efforts to put an end to the protracted farmer-herder conflict in the nation as President Bola Tinubu promises to buy land for ranches and livestock farming there.
According to Channels TV, Tinubu made this statement at the Presidential Villa in Abuja during a meeting with leaders of the nation’s security agencies and members of the National Conference on Livestock Reforms.
The National Conference on Livestock Reforms’ report, which urged the creation of the Ministry of Livestock to more effectively carry out its recommendations, was presented to President Tinubu during the meeting.
“I’ll be speaking with every governor. According to Tinubu, who spoke to the crowd yesterday, the federal government will be prepared to submit an application to buy land for ranches and livestock development.
The clashes between herders and farmers have persisted in Nigeria, the country’s leader claims, because of poor leadership.
He claimed that neither the farmers nor the herdsmen were at fault. The leadership is to blame for not coming up with a solution to the issue in the past.
He maintains that the ongoing conflict has cost the nation greatly but that is no longer the case.
After the meeting, Abdullahi Ganduje, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stated that the committee had recommended, among other things, the creation of the Ministry of Livestock.
“We recommended the establishment of the Ministry of Livestock and subsequent agencies so that various aspects of the recommendations will have appropriate institutions for implementation,” the former governor of Kano State told reporters.
The National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) was approved by the National Economic Council (NEC) years prior to yesterday’s meeting.
The 2019 initiative aimed to increase ranches and investment in the livestock industry while, in the long run, reducing the ongoing conflicts between herders and farmers, which have intensified in Nigeria’s North-Central states.