Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has advised the federal government to look at modalities at how the National Livestock Transformation plan can conform to the state’s Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.
Naija News understands that the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, who explained the position of the Benue state government said the state had made some progress as a result of the law and would not allow anybody to drag it back to the era when there was no law guiding animal husbandry.
The FG had planned to introduce Ruga settlements for herdsmen but the criticisms that greeted the project forced the government to suspend it. But the National Economic Council adopted the NLTP as the best method for raising livestock.
Governor Ortom’s spokesperson said, “We can only be part of that plan if it agrees with our existing law in Benue State. We will adopt the National Livestock Transformation Plan to the extent that it conforms to the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law. The governor is a member of the National Economic Council and it was NEC that adopted ranching as the best method of animal husbandry.
“That was why the governor and Benue people, to a large extent, approved ranching as the way forward. Ruga was smuggled in later but we thank God that the Office of the Vice President, which controls the National Livestock Transformation Plan, came out to distance itself from Ruga which was later day illegality
Speaking on its existence for two years, Akase said that; “We have said repeatedly that Benue will be part of the National Livestock Transformation Plan only if it agrees with the state Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law. This law has been in operations for two years now and a lot of progress has been made. We will not allow anybody to take us back to the dark ages when there was no legislation on animal husbandry.