Ministry of Livestock to increase income, employment, etc.

Ministry of Livestock to increase income, employment, etc.

The Federal Government on Wednesday said enhanced protein production, increased employment opportunities and increased government revenue were reasons for President Bola Tinubu’s approval of the decision to establish the Ministry of Livestock Development.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, further explained that the proposed ministry would focus on livestock development, allowing the Ministry of Agriculture to focus on other areas.

Fagbemi, who briefed journalists at the State House, Abuja, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, explained that the main focus was on what Nigerians and the government would get in revenue and other positive aspects.

“The President earlier told Parliament that a ministry called Ministry of Livestock Development would be established because the President believes that the Ministry of Agriculture should be split into two and one should focus on livestock development in terms of what it can achieve in terms of protein, employment, government revenue and how this will impact the lives of ordinary Nigerians,” he said.

While Fagbemi acknowledged that the creation of a new ministry may seem counter to government's objective of reducing the cost of governance, he stressed that the benefits of the decision would far outweigh the costs.

He said the new ministry would promote large-scale livestock farming, generate income and employment opportunities for Nigerians.

Fagbemi stressed the importance of improving protein intake, a key aspect of government’s livestock development policy.

“Therefore, with regard to the Ministry of Livestock Development, in relation to government’s policy of rolling back governance, there must be exceptions to every general rule. What dictates government decisions, what government adds or what guides government actions and reactions is the overall interest of Nigerians.

“So, on this livestock, the President has looked very seriously at the contribution of agriculture and the Ministry of Agriculture, which is currently divided into two, has announced that a separate ministry will be set up and needless to say, there will be consequences for that.

“I agree that it may be costly, but it will be done in such a way that the benefits far outweigh the losses and the concerns you all express.

“I have been talking about this livestock and firstly, I said apart from improving the protein intake of the people, I will also provide funds to the government because livestock will be reared on a large scale, which will ensure funds and revenue for the government and also increase employment opportunities for the people. So these are some of the areas I need to address,” he said.


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