Ben Agande Kaduna.
…It must conform with anti-open grazing law…BNSG
The nineteen northern states today adopted the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, initiated by the federal government to check the incessant clashed between farmers and herders.
This was announced at the end of the Forum’s meeting in Kaduna by the chairman of the northern governor’s forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong.
But the Benue state government which was represented at the meeting by the deputy governor, Benson Abuonu said the state government will study the plan to ensure that it conforms with the states anti-open grazing law.
The chairman of the Forum, Simon Lalong said the governors of the northern region were committed to ensuring that the insecurity challenges in region were tackled headlong.
Speaking on the adoption of the NLTP, governor Lalong said the forum was informed about the difference with the Ruga initiative and was willing to key into the programme.
“On Agriculture, the Forum was well informed about the National Livestock Transformation Plan and its disparities with the Ruga plan. It is expected that the plan would ensure resettling and addressing the dislocated populations in the key conflict zones to enable them to become part of the agricultural modernization process.
“In the same vein, it would provide a mechanism for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation in the affected communities towards a harmonious mutually beneficial future. The Forum, therefore, adopted the National Livestock Transformation Plan which lays out a clear path for modernizing pastoral activities It further encouraged other states not included as pilot states to endeavour to join the plan/programme” he said.
The forum expressed worry that despite the efforts by various tiers of government, insecurity challenge in the region persists.
“The current challenges of insecurity which seems to be persisting despite concerted efforts by all tiers of Government was also deliberated based on insightful analyses and the best possible ways to address the menace which is currently bedevilling the region.
“Consequently the Forum resolved to continue to adopt a sustainable and holistic approach towards tackling this challenge in the region. it is the Forum’s unwavering determination to rescue the region and reposition it to meet the yearnings and aspirations of our people, especially in the areas of security economic and social development” it noted.
But the Deputy Governor of Benue state who left the meeting before the communiqué was read said the state government will study the NLTP to ensure that it conforms with the state’s anti-open grazing laws.
He said anything that was not in tandem with the law will not be entertained by the state.