The presidency on Friday dismissed reports that the office of Vice President is supervising the establishment of Ruga settlements.
Naija News understands that the General Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Uthman Ngelzarma, had claimed that the office of the Vice President was helping herdsmen to create the Ruga settlement across the country.
Reacting in a statement, the Media aide to Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande explained that the Ruga initiative is different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by State governors under the National Economic Council (NEC).
He said “The National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) 2019-2028 is a programme to be implemented in 7 pilot states of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara (as decided by NEC in January), being States in the front-lines of the Farmer-Herder crises.
“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:
“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.
“In all the Federal Government will not impose on any State government regarding its land.” he added