Ruga Policy Is on Hold But Livestock Transformation Plan Is on – Presidency

  • Says President Buhari is willing to implement policy.
  • Says Ruga Farm settlement policy was suspended for the national interest.

The Presidency has said that the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government has not been suspended.

This is in reaction to the recent suspension of the Ruga Farm Settlement Policy, which had elicited a lot of reactions with most of the governors against the policy.

Speaking on the 30-day ultimatum given by the Coalition of Northern Groups over the suspension of the nationwide implementation of the Ruga settlement for Fulani herders,  the Presidency advised Nigerians not to worry about it.

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It, therefore, advised the CNG to respect the Office of the President which, it said, took the decision in the national interest.

In an interview with newsmen, the Senior Policy Adviser (Agriculture Interventions Coordination) in the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Andrew Kwasari, during a training session organised for the executives of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and its executives in eight states considered to be flashpoints said the  programme which was jointly organised by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue had as its theme: “Dialogue and Negotiations: Why, When and How To Be Effective.”]

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“No, the National Livestock Transformation Plan has not been suspended; in fact, it has been enhanced because Mr President, in his wisdom, has spoken and directed that this is the plan that we should be working around to implement.

“We will need an all-encompassing committee of the National Economic Council, National Food Security Council, and Federal Executive Council (FEC) working together to deliver this plan. So, for us, this is the type of leadership that the country needs. So, there is no mention of suspension whatsoever for the NLTP.”

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