By Danladi Al-Hassan
Governors of the 19 northern states under the platform of the Northern Governors’ Forum have agreed to be part of the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government.
The Forum also urged other governors in other geo-political zones of the country to be part of the Plan.
Simeon Lalong, the Forum’s Chairman, who read the resolutions of the governors at the end of an emergency meeting held in Kaduna, said the National Livestock Transformation Plan would ensure peace and stability in the region as well as resettle “dislocated populations in the key conflict zones to enable them to become part of the agricultural modernisation process.”
“In the same vein, it will provide a mechanism for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation in the affected communities towards a harmonious mutually beneficial future
“The forum therefore adopted the National Livestock Transformation Plan which lays out a clear path for modernising pastoral activities,” read Lalong, who is also the Governor of Plateau State.
Lalong stated that the plan will further encourage other states not included as pilot states to endeavour to join the plan/programme.
On insecurity, he expressed the forum’s unwavering determination to rescue the region and reposition it to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people, especially in the areas of security economic and social development
“The Northern States Governors’ Forum convened an emergency meeting to discuss some topical issues of common interest, particularly development of the agricultural sector being the economic livewire of the region.
“The forum was well- informed about the National Livestock Transformation Plan and its disparities with the RUGA.
“It is expected that the plan would ensure resettling and addressing the dislocated populations in the key conflict zones to enable them to become part of the agricultural modernisation process,” he said.
Lalong, also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of other governors on his victory at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal which validated his victory at the February presidential poll.
The forum urged the President to carry everybody along for the next four years as he presided over the affairs of the country.