Tinubu Launches New Livestock Ministry to Boost Agriculture

Julianah Ologunde
By Julianah Ologunde 2 Min Read

Tinubu Launches New Livestock Ministry to Boost Agriculture; In a bold move to reshape Nigeria’s agricultural landscape, President Bola Tinubu has announced the creation of the Federal Ministry of Livestock Development. This landmark decision was revealed during the inauguration of the Renewed Hope Livestock Reform Implementation Committee at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.

The announcement, which marks a significant step in addressing longstanding agricultural challenges, was made before a distinguished audience. Vice President Kashim Shettima, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Senator George Akume, and Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila were among the high-profile attendees, alongside other cabinet members.

Interestingly, President Tinubu kept the nation in suspense by not naming the Minister who will head this new ministry. This omission suggests that a new nominee may be in the pipeline, requiring Senate screening and confirmation as per constitutional procedures.

This latest development is not an isolated initiative but part of a broader strategy. It follows the President’s approval on September 15, 2023, to establish a Presidential Committee focused on reforming the livestock industry. This committee’s formation was a direct response to recommendations from the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Mitigation of Associated Conflicts in Nigeria.

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The primary objectives of these reforms extend beyond mere agricultural productivity. They aim to address the recurring and often violent clashes between herders and farmers that have plagued various regions of the country. By creating a dedicated ministry and implementation committee, the Tinubu administration is signaling its commitment to finding long-term solutions to these complex socio-economic challenges.

As Nigeria watches this unfolding agricultural transformation, questions remain about who will lead this new ministry and how its policies will reshape the nation’s livestock sector and inter-community relations.

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