Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has approved the establishment of a presidential committee to bolster livestock and dairy industry and provide a prerequisite for long-term solutions for herders & farmers clashes in the nations.
The National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Mitigation of Association in Nigeria submitted a report that was reviewed on Thursday in Abuja following the establishment of the committee that will address the issue.
The Conference was convened by the former Executive Governor of Kano State and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Umar Abdullahi Ganduje.
Bola Ahmed urged the newly established committee to cooperate and work with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Fostering a peaceful co-existence between herders and farmers while ensuring the security and economy of the Nation Bola added.
The federal government has committed to cover the cost of acquiring lands, ensuring that these opportunities will provide gainful employment for veterinary doctors, providing channels for private sectors as the provision of new educational opportunities for herders and their children. The federal government assured that medical facilities will be established and it will have a great impact on their lives.
Nigerian president said that it is hard for people to stay away from their traditional ways and he has found an opportunity to address herders & farmers clashes in 2018.
He said, “Out of every tragedy if you are careful, you will see an opportunity. We have faced this conflict for some time. We know it is a homegrown problem. It is very hard for people to stay away from their traditional, old ways.
“I tried in 2018 to bring about a solution to this problem, but it proved elusive. But I’ve been told not to ever give up, and today I believe the solution is here,” the President stated, referring to the committee report, which contains several recommendations.
“It is not the fault of herders and farmers that this crisis has persisted. It is the fault of the leadership who failed to find immediate solutions to solve their problems. Leadership is about thinking and doing,”
In his remarks, Ganduje recalled that during his tenure as the Governor of Kano State, he had hosted the National Conference as part of a deliberate effort to promote the modernization of livestock production, while strengthening the capacity of local authorities to manage relationships and amicably resolve conflicts between herders and farmers.
During the conference meeting in Abuja, the former governor of Kano state stated that he had hosted the National conference to promote the modernization of livestock production and strengthen the local authorities to manage and resolve herders’ and farmers’ conflicts.
Ganduje added, “Mr. President, I am convinced that the report submitted here today has the antidote to the problems of the livestock industry. It addresses the key reforms and presents various development options required for the sustainable development of the sector.
“The implementation of the proposals will enhance productivity, improve livelihoods, promote environmental conservation, address substantial causes of conflicts between farmers and pastoralists, and help in reducing the cost of importation for animal products like milk and beef,”.