President Bola Tinubu, in response to the report submitted by the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Mitigation of Associated Conflicts in Nigeria, has given his approval for the creation of a Presidential Committee aimed at finding lasting solutions to the ongoing conflicts between herders and farmers in the country.
This announcement was made by Tinubu in Abuja on Thursday.
The committee will collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to develop recommendations that promote peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers, with a focus on ensuring the security and economic prosperity of all Nigerian citizens.
The President stated that the establishment of the committee is a “life-changing opportunity” for Nigeria, as it has the potential to transform the livestock industry and create jobs for millions of people.”
“The Federal Government is fully prepared to cover the cost of acquiring the land. These opportunities will provide gainful employment for our veterinary doctors while opening doors for the private sector as the provision of new educational opportunities for herders’ and their children emerge. Medical facilities will be established. This is a life-changing opportunity that we have,” Tinubu said.
“Imagine us producing enough milk for our schoolchildren. Imagine us becoming net exporters of cheese and yogurt. Imagine us producing the skin massively with a major Nigerian leather industry. Imagine us providing cold storage facilities and employment across the nation. These things are possible in front of us.”
Tinubu also expressed his appreciation to Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, the former Governor of Kano State and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for organizing the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Mitigation of Associated Conflicts in Nigeria. It was this conference that generated the report serving as the basis for the committee’s formation. He noted that the ongoing conflict between herders and farmers is a longstanding issue that originated within the country.
“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.”
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