By Augustine Akhilomen
The Office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied reports circulating in the media that his office has backed plans by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to create a Ruga settlement across some states in Nigeria.
In a tweet by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande on Friday, he stated that Osinbajo’s initiative was quite different from Miyetti Allah’s programme.
Recall that the General Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Uthman Ngelzarma, had said Osinbajo’s office was in charge of implementing the programme nationwide.
“Contrary to claims reported in sections of the media, Ruga settlements are not being supervised by the Office of the Vice President. Ruga is different from the National Livestock
“On the National Livestock Transformation Plan, 13 States are already in the process of implementation of a plan to transform the livestock production system in Nigeria along market-oriented value chain while ensuring an atmosphere of peace and justice.
“The states are Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Kwara, Ondo, and Edo. These states are at different stages in the process but have indicated readiness to implement the plan. Truth is: this Federal Government will not impose on any state government regarding its land.
“NEC okayed the plan based on the recommendation of a technical committee of the council chaired by Ebonyi State Governor Umahi. Other state governors who were on the committee and working group are Adamawa, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Oyo and Zamfara-mostly the frontline states.”