“Agriculture is our hope in the North, and for a while, we saw a lot of delay in implementation of some of these programmes, and so we had to call a meeting.”
The Northern Governors Forum has called for the speedy implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLPT).
They also called for the immediate implementation of the State Level Project Socialisation on Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES) in the region.
The governors made the call at a meeting of the forum’s committee on agriculture on Wednesday in Abuja.
Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, the chairman of the forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau said the speedy implementation of the programmes would help the region handle some of the challenges in its agriculture sector.
The NLPT is President Muhammadu Buhari regime’s project implemented in some states expected to tackle farmers-herders violent conflicts, while the L-PRES programme is expected to address low investment in the livestock subsector.
“Agriculture is our hope in the North and for a while we saw a lot of delay in implementation of some of these programmes, and so we had to call a meeting especially with the introduction of the new outfit L-PRES. We (northern governors) all agreed for all the northern states to key into the L-PRES and also part of the NLPT, which is already being implemented,” he said.
He hoped that the speedy implementation of the programme would also help in handling the security challenges farmers were experiencing in their activities.
“We are not sleeping on it. We still want to go back to see how to help farmers. This is the time that farmers would need a lot of our support and assurance,” he noted.
Mr Lalong added that concerns were also raised during the meeting on the major outfit of the region, the Northern Nigerian Development Company particularly on its textiles industry.