I am not supervising RUGA settlements, vice-president, Osinbajo cries out

Contrary to claims reported in sections of the media, the establishment of Ruga settlements, vice-president,  Prof Yemi Osinbajo has denied being the allegations that his office is currently suprevising the controversial RUGA settlements proposed by Federal Government.

The vice president through his media assistant,  Laolu Akande disclosed that the Ruga initiative is different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by State governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC) chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

According to him,  NEC on January 17, 2019, approved the plan based on the recommendations of a Technical Committee of the Council chaired by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Other State Governors on the committee and Working Group of NEC are Adamawa, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Oyo and Zamfara - mostly the frontline States in the Farmer-Herder crises.

Hinted that the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) 2019-2028 is a programme to be implemented in 7 pilot states of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara (as decided by NEC in January), being States in the frontlines of the Farmer-Herder crises. Afterwards, six other States have indicated readiness to also implement the plan. They are Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Kwara, Ondo, and Edo states.

The Vice President stressed that the
plan has six pillars through which it aims to transform the livestock production system in Nigeria along market oriented value chain while ensuring an atmosphere of peace and justice.
The six key pillars include:
economic investment
conflict resolution
justice and peace
humanitarian relief and early recovery
human capital development and
cross-cutting issues such as gender, youth, research and information and strategic communication.
In all the Federal Government will not impose on any State government regarding its settlement.

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