Tinubu inaugurates committee on livestock, appoints Jega deputy chair

By Kunle Sanni

President Bola Tinubu has approved the inauguration of a Presidential Committee on Livestock to mitigate issues responsible for the frequent clashes between farmers and herders in the country.

The ceremony, held on Tuesday, at the Council Chambers of the State House, saw the attendance of respected dignitaries, as well as Vice President Kashim Shetimma.

The committee, which includes notable figures such as former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, aims to find sustainable solutions to the recurring clashes and improve the management and productivity of the livestock sector in the country.

Jega will serve as the Deputy Chairman of the committee, stepping in for President Tinubu when necessary. He replaces the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, in this role.

One of the key mandates of the committee is to tackle the security challenges posed by the persistent farmer-herder clashes. These conflicts have led to significant loss of life, displacement of communities, and economic disruptions.

However, experts have noted that the roots of these clashes are complex, involving historical, environmental, economic, and socio-political factors.

President Tinubu in his address, emphasized the potential of the livestock sector to boost agricultural productivity, enhance export opportunities, and stimulate economic growth by creating a robust value chain that benefits all stakeholders, including farmers, processors, herders, distributors, and consumers.

He expressed gratitude to Ganduje for his efforts in convening a national conference on livestock reforms earlier this year, which brought together experts to discuss solutions to the associated conflicts.

Tinubu further urged the committee members to set aside partisan politics and focus on their mandate to improve the lives of Nigerians.

The president added that the committee’s work would be instrumental in transforming the livestock sector, particularly the dairy industry, which is vital for nutrition and food security.

He highlighted the importance of efficient cold-chain logistics in maintaining the quality and safety of perishable goods, thereby reducing food waste and ensuring a steady supply.

“This sector will boost agricultural productivity, enhance export opportunities, and stimulate economic growth..

“We have seen solutions and opportunities within this adversity that has plagued us over the years, and I believe prosperity is now in your hands,” he said.

Recall that Western Post had reported last year about the recommendations made by the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Mitigation of Associated Conflicts, urging the establishment of a federal agency to lead sustainable reforms in the livestock sector.

The conference called for the full implementation of its report to reduce the high cost of imports of animal products like milk and beef.

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