Posted on Sat 17 Aug 2019, 03:49 PM

Concerns over the activities of herdsmen in Benue state, which has led to clashes with farming communities and deaths that followed is not over yet.

But there seems to be light at the horrison as stakeholders make a u-turn over the National Livestock Trans formation Plan, proposed by the Federal Government.

On Wednesday, after a meeting with a delegation from Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources led by Dr Joseph Nyanger, the stakeholders bluntly rejected the scheme.

They described it as cover-up for the ‘ill-fated’ RUGA programme.

On Friday, just two days after, same stakeholders released a statement where they ‘admitted’ to have made the decision without adequate information. 

Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Timothy Ijir, who signed the statement said the group representing traditional institutions, the church, socio-cultural organisations, the academia, members of the Benue State Executive Council and the civil society, met severally after the interaction with the federal government delegation and got a clearer picture of the programme.

“After exhaustive deliberations, stakeholders resolved to reconsider their position in view of the fact that they now have enough information to make an informed decision.

“It was also resolved during the meeting that a technical team of experts be put together to study the NLTP document and identify areas suitable for implementation in Benue State based on peculiarities of the state.

“The meeting also resolved that the NLTP should be domesticated in Benue State and to ensure that it conforms with the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state,” parts of the statement read.

The real task facing the stakeholders is working out the middle line between the federal government’s National Livestock Trans formation Plan and the state’s Agricultural Development Policy which captures the people’s interest.

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