President Tinubu Appoints Jega as Co-Chairman of Livestock Reforms Committee

President Bola Tinubu has appointed former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, as co-chairman of the Presidential Committee on Implementation of Livestock Reforms. Tinubu announced Jega’s appointment during the committee’s inauguration on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The committee is tasked with addressing obstacles to agricultural productivity and creating new opportunities for farmers, herders, processors, and distributors within the livestock-farming value chain. Tinubu emphasized that successful reform implementation would require collective efforts from members drawn from both public and private sectors, state governors, and all Nigerians.

“When we have great opportunities in our states, why should Nigerians continue to experience conflicts?” Tinubu asked. “With the calibre of people that are here, this presents a unique opportunity to also delineate and establish a centric ministry called the Ministry of Livestock Development. It will give us the opportunity so that our veterinary doctors can have the necessary access to research and cross-breed. We can stop the wanton killings.”

The President stressed the need to review and reposition traditional livestock farming methods with the support of stakeholders, including state governments, to open up new growth and prosperity opportunities. He also thanked Abdullahi Ganduje, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for his efforts in “assembling experienced and reputable experts to ensure the activation of opportunities in the livestock sector.”

Tinubu announced that the “Ministry of Livestock Development will be created to further explore the potential in the area.”

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