The presidency yesterday announced the suspension of the Ruga settlement saying it was not consistent with the approved National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP). Presidency sources said the promoters of the Ruga programme, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources proceeded with it implementation as against NLTP developed by the NEC and approved by the Federal Government.
Infomateng further gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the Ruga programme on Tuesday evening when he discovered that it was different from the NLTP.
Our correspondent reports that the suspension of the Ruga project was officially announced at the end a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.
The meeting was attended by Governor Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Deputy Governor of Adamawa State Mr Seth Crowther and Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Agriculture Mohammed Bello Umar.
Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, Umahi said the National Livestock Transformation Plan was voluntary for any willing state in the country. “We the National Economic Council (NEC) committee on farmers/ herders crisis under the chairmanship of HE Mr. Vice President met today (yesterday) to deliberate on the approved programme of NEC and Federal Government, tagged, ‘the National Livestock Transformation Plan.”
“We are aware that today (yesterday) that Mr. President has suspended the implementation of Ruga programme, initiated and being implemented by the Federal ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, because it is not consistent with the NEC and Federal Government approved National Livestock Transformation Plan which has programmes of rehabilitation of displaced IDPs, resulting from the crisis and also development of ranches in any willing state of the Federation.
The word is ‘willing’ state of the federation,” he said. He further said, “The National Livestock Transformation Plan, its beauty is that what NEC and FG approved is a voluntary programme to all the 36 states who may like to participate. So, it is not compulsory, it is for any state that is willing, will key into the programme.
“Any state that is interested in this programme is required to bring up a development plan that is keyed towards the implementation in line with our own programme here that is unique to his state based on the challenges that he has in respect of the crisis. That’s the decision of this committee.”