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Some ppl are asking me why I say @GarShehu's statement of yesterday on #Nigeria's #RUGAmania was an artifice. All u need to do is take a copy of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, #NLTP & u'll not struggle to find out why. Here's an intro to what the Plan is about....
There are various categories of ppl involved in the #RUGAMania conversation. There're those who:
(a) won't do their home work
(b) can't do their home work
(c) cldn't be bothered abt home work
(d) are allergic to facts
(e) are genuinely curious.
Only the last deserve attention.
The #NLTP development process was long, careful & rigorous. It involved zonal level consultations, a national conference, a scientific report, a mapping process & selection of the 7 frontline states - Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba, & Zamfara.
The entire controversy over #RUGAMania is worse than a distraction. At present #Nigeria has at least 402 verified #GrazingReserves in 17 of 19 States in #NorthernNigeria, of which at least 132 or 33.83% are gazette & only 4 or 0.9% located in the FCT, belong to the Fed. Govt.
Adamawa State, wth 69 designated #GrazingReserves, has the highest number, wth 31 or nearly 45% of the Reserves in the State gazette. The FCT has 4, all of which are also Gazetted. Borno & Bauchi, with 46/15 & 42/27 come next after Adamawa. Benue has 10 none of which are gazetted
It's easy to just provide the list, locations & dimensions of these existing #GrazingReserves in #NorthernNigeria & easy as well to work out the acreages of both gazette & ungazetted Reserves. Here they are, i.e. Existing #GrazingReservesInNigeria
As is evident from the above, the Federal Govt actually owns less than 1% of #Nigeria's #GrazingReserves & all those are in the FCT. Beyond those, however, there is enough land for a serious govt to have done a lot well b4 now to demonstrate it cases abt the Farmer-Herder crisis
Even before the current administration, the Obasanjo administration in 2001 adopted a National Agricultural Policy supplemented by a Livestock Plan which went through two iterations
It's not difficult, therefore, to see how or why the release by @GarShehu last night was somewhere between an afterthought & off the mark. The facts are clear & straightforward. This was a project that the Governors drove. Ppl shd ask how, why & when they gave it up.
@GarShehu Several ppl have made contact to ask me the difference between #Ruga & the National Livestock Transformation Plan #NLTP. This thread from July this year tried to explain some of the issues.
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