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Why We Abandoned RUGA Project – Northern States

Governors of the 19 Northern states have abandoned the suspended controversial Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) policy for the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).

Chairman of the Forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, explained that the National Livestock Transformation Programme offered a mechanism for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation in crisis communities toward a harmonious and mutually beneficial region.”

Besides, NLTP includes modernising pastoral activities, while encouraging states not included in the pilot scheme to endeavour to join.

The governors took the position at the end of their meeting in Kaduna on Thursday.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated the NLTP at the Gongoshi Grazing Reserve in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of Adamawa on Tuesday.

Osinbajo said the plan is designed to run from 2019-2028 as part of Federal Government’s initiative in collaboration with States under the auspices of the National Economic Council.

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