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Miyetti Allah Hails Tinubu For Creating Livestock Ministry

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for the establishment of the Ministry of Livestock Development.

In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, the President of MACBAN, Baba Othman-Ngelzarma, hailed the move as a significant step towards unleashing the untapped potential of what he described as Nigeria’s “trillion-naira” livestock industry.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the creation of the ministry on Tuesday while inaugurating the Renewed Hope Livestock Reform Implementation Committee at the State House.

In attendance at the inauguration were Vice President Kashim Shettima, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, Chief of Staff to the President Femi Gbajabiamila, and other cabinet members.

The establishment of the ministry builds upon recommendations from the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and the Mitigation of Associated Conflicts in Nigeria.

It follows his approval, ten months ago, for the establishment of this committee to tackle the recurrent clashes between herders and farmers and to bolster the livestock and dairy industries.

The committee, initially chaired by APC National Chairman Abdullahi Ganduje, presented 21 key recommendations to President Tinubu, including the creation of a Ministry of Livestock Resources.

President Tinubu emphasised that the committee would collaborate closely with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to devise sustainable solutions to the age-old crisis.

The establishment of this ministry, according to Othman-Ngelzarma, represents a pivotal moment for Nigerian pastoralists, marking the realisation of a long-standing aspiration under the Renew Hope Agenda.

“For years, we have tirelessly advocated for a standalone ministry to modernize livestock production and align it with global standards,” he remarked, visibly pleased with the development.

He said the move shows Tinubu’s commitment to enhancing Nigeria’s agricultural productivity and ensuring food security.

Othman-Ngelzarma emphasised that this initiative aligns perfectly with the broader economic goals of the country, aiming not only to bolster food security but also to drive economic growth through enhanced agricultural practices.

“With this ministry, we believe that the promise made by President Tinubu to elevate Nigeria’s agricultural productivity is being fulfilled,” stated Othman-Ngelzarma.

He further highlighted the role of the ministry in modernizing livestock management practices, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency in the sector.

The Ministry of Livestock Development is expected to coordinate policies and programs aimed at improving animal husbandry practices, disease control measures, and the overall welfare of livestock farmers.

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