Adamawa, Plateau and Nasarawa states are the first three “willing states” to implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government.
They have been asked to submit their programmes and cost implication, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi said in Abuja on Tuesday.
Umahi is the chairman of the sub-committee raised by the National Economic Council to look at ways to find lasting solutions to the frequent clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria.
The NLTP is the NEC’s approved plan to address the problem. In the implementation plan, only states willing to contribute land for grazing reserves and other facilities will participate.
The NLTP is not compulsory for all states.
The sub-committee met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa ahead of Thursday’s meeting of the NEC for the month of February.
The committee is expected to brief the full session of NEC on progress at the meeting.
Asked what was discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, Umahi told State House Correspondents that much progressed had been achieved towards getting the three states to launch the pilot stage.
He said, “It is just in furtherance of our committee’s programmes towards the implementation of the NLTP of NEC. We are getting there.
“We have pencilled in three states that we have evaluated – Adamawa, Plateau and Nasarawa. So, we are going ahead to ask them to submit their programmes and costing for implementation.”
The governor said the NLTP, when implemented, would reduce the tension between farmers and herders to a large extent.
He said, “If we revive some of the grazing reserves, especially in the North, for willing states, we are going to see this conflict come down. There will also be a modern way of cow rearing for greater benefits. These are things we expect to see.”
He said stakeholders in the willing states had agreed to the implementation of the NLTP.