NEC is now set for the implementation of the controversial National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) Programme.
This was disclosed by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, while fielding questions from reporters after the NEC meeting, Thursday.
The decision to commence implementation is the direct result of an extensive process involving engagements with stakeholders and a detailed analysis of opinions.
“After the initial decisions were made by the state governors, the focus of the initiative shifted to the implementation.
He noted that the outline of the established engagement process includes: “Letter of intent and counterpart funding, state livestock transformation office, and community engagements”.
He disclosed that NEC had completed a preliminary analysis of survey results, which includes data capturing analysis, such as analysis of enumerated data of five gazetted grazing reserves now in Adamawa state.
“We also have two gazetted reserves data obtained in Plateau and in Nasarawa, we have four gazetted reserves, so data is being collected and analysed.”
“We had prayers to Council, one of which was that Council should consider and approve that the three states should submit their detailed plans for the 80% funding of the total cost by the federal government, as stipulated in the National Livestock Transformation Plan and of course the states that are participating will have to pay 20% counterpart funding.
“The second prayer was that these states should commit 5% of funding to support the work of the secretariat, in line with the National Livestock Transformation Plan’s policy.
“Council approved the two prayers” he disclosed