The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has refuted claims alleging his office to be supervising the establishment of Ruga settlements for cattle rustlers in the country.
A statement from the office of the Vice-President on Friday, June 28, signed by Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity; has it that the Ruga initiative is only chaired by the Vice President.
“The Ruga initiative is different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by State governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC)”, the statement reads.
It states that the NEC had in January 17, 2019, approved the Ruga initiative “based on the recommendations of a Technical Committee of the Council chaired by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State”, and his “Adamawa, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Oyo and Zamfara states counterparts who are “mostly the frontline States in the Farmer-Herder crises”.
Platinum.ng gathered that the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) 2019-2028 is anchored on six pillars including: 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.
These parameters, according to the Presidency, aims at transforming “livestock production system in Nigeria along market oriented value chain while ensuring an atmosphere of peace and justice”.
It however, will not be imposed on any State government regarding its land, the statement noted.