National livestock transformation plan not suspended- Presidency

President Mohammadu Buhari

The Presidency has clarified that the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) has not been suspended.

President Mohammadu Buhari had suspended the Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) because of the groundswell of opposition to it from Southern states and eminent Nigerians.

The Senior Policy Adviser (Agriculture Interventions Coordination) in the office of the Vice- President, Dr Andrew Kwasari who made the clarification in an interview with newsmen in Abuja at the sidelines of a training session organised for senior executives of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said the federal government is still on course to implement the policy.

“The National Livestock Transformation Plan has not been suspended. In fact it has been enhanced because Mr President in his wisdom has spoken and directed that this is the plan that we should working to implement, We will need an all-encompassing committee of the National Economic Council, National Food Security Council and the Federal Executive Council working together to deliver this plan. So for us this is the type of leadership that the country needs. So there is no mention of suspension whatsoever of the NLTP”

On the ultimatum issued by a Coalition of Northern Group over the suspension of the Ruga, Kwasari allayed the fears of Nigerians and advised the group to respect the office of the President who took the decision to suspend the Ruga in the interest of the country.