President Bola Tinubu has given his nod for the establishment of a new Ministry of Livestock Development.

This decision was announced during the inauguration of the Renewed Hope livestock reform implementation committee at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday.

The committee’s primary mandate is to provide targeted solutions aimed at resolving the longstanding farmers-herders conflict that has plagued the nation for years.

This move follows recommendations from the National Livestock Reforms Committee on September 14, 2023.

The committee, led by former Kano State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Abdullahi Ganduje, presented a comprehensive report to President Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Among the 21 recommendations outlined in the report, the committee proposed the creation of a Ministry of Livestock Resources to oversee strategies aimed at mitigating conflicts and managing resources effectively.

The recommendations also emphasize the establishment and revitalization of grazing reserves and other forms of land utilization to address industry needs.

Ganduje highlighted the complexity of the challenge, stressing the need for a structured approach to address various categories of herders, including settled, nomadic, and cross-border herders.

He underscored the economic implications of the livestock sector’s underperformance, which has led to Nigeria’s reliance on imported dairy and meat products.

The committee’s report advocates for robust institutional support through the proposed ministry and affiliated agencies to ensure effective implementation of its recommendations.

Funding mechanisms, including support from international organizations, the private sector, and government initiatives, are also part of the committee’s strategic plan to bolster the livestock industry and foster peaceful coexistence among communities affected by the conflict.

Further details on the implementation of these recommendations are expected to be released shortly.