Nigeria’s northern states’ governors have announced a national livestock transformation plan to help modernize pastoral activities in the country.

Simon Lalong, chairman of the Northern Governors Forum (NGF), made this known on Thursday at the end of the forum’s emergency meeting in northern state of Kaduna.


The Plateau state governor told reporters that the forum noted the livestock program is meant to provide a mechanism for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation in crisis-stricken communities.

“It is the forum’s unwavering determination to rescue the region and position it to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people, especially in the areas of security, economic and social development,” Lalong said.

The Nigerian government in July announced the suspension of the agriculture ministry’s “Ruga Settlement Program,” to put an end to the problems of open grazing.

Under the Ruga rural settlement program, animal farmers and herders stay in a designated place provided with basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, veterinary clinics and markets.

The initiative has elicited heat controversy with some describing it as a scheme by the government to re-position herders.

For years, nomadic herders have clashed with local farming communities over the access and control of lands.

The northern part of Nigeria has witnessed a series of attacks by armed groups in recent months. Enditem


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