Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says his office did not direct the setting up of Ruga settlement in some parts of the country.
The Ruga settlement is an initiative of the federal government meant to address the incessant clashes between cattle rearers and farmers across the country.
The statement released by the office of the Vice President is in reaction to a statement by the General Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) claiming that the vice-president’s office is overseeing the settlement.
Responding to the statement, Osinbajo through his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said the initiative is different from the livestock transformation plan approved by the National Economic Council (NEC) which he chairs.
He said the plan had been approved by the council in January based on the recommendations of one of its committees featuring mostly governors of the frontline states in the farmer-herder crises.
“The National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) 2019-2028 is a programme to be implemented in seven pilot states of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara (as decided by NEC in January), being states on the frontlines of the Farmer-Herder crises,” Akande said in a statement.
“Afterwards, six other states have indicated readiness to also implement the plan. They are Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Kwara, Ondo, and Edo states
“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.”
The statement added that the federal government will not impose any initiative on states.