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Northern Governors Meets Agric Minister, Seeks Security for Farmers

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Grace Egila

Abuja – The Northern Governors Forum has met with the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar over the National Livestock Transformation Program and the State Level Project Socialization on Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES), in the region.

The meeting which was held at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja was chaired by Simon Bako Lalong, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, and was attended by Governors of Kwara, Niger, Kebbi, Kaduna, and Deputy Governors of Benue, Kogi, Bauchi, and the Nasarawa States.

The Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State & Chairman of Northern Governors Forum Dr. Makut Simon Macham in a statement on Thursday, said Governor Simon Lalong while Speaking to journalists after the meeting, stated that the engagement was necessitated by the concern of the Northern Governors over the implementation of the programs which have a direct bearing on the lives of the people.

“Governors are worried over the slow pace of the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Program which was conceived to tackle the challenges confronting herdsmen and farmers,” Macham averred.

He also quoted Governor Lalong saying: “Lalong said that because agriculture is the mainstay of the North, the Forum welcomes the introduction of the new outfit Livestock, Productivity and Resilience Project (L-PRES) which it believes compliments the NLTP and will yield a positive result

“He explained that the meeting was fruitful as the Governors got assurances from the Minister of Agriculture that the Federal Government will continue implementing all programs in partnership with the States for the benefit of the people.

“On security for farmers, Lalong disclosed that the implementation of the programs would also help in addressing the security challenges which farmers were experiencing in their farming activities.

“We are not sleeping the issue of insecurity as it has been a matter of concern where in some places farming activities have been interrupted.

“We are working with other stakeholders especially the security agencies to see how to help farmers. This is the time that farmers would need a lot of our support and assurance to produce food for the nation”.

“Governor also explained that the meeting discussed the revamping of the textile industry through the Northern Nigerian Development Company as a way of addressing unemployment and crime.”

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