Why did Tinubu create the Ministry of Livestock Development? – FG

The federal government has defended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the creation of the Ministry of Livestock Development.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), said yesterday that this arose from the need to improve protein production and increase employment opportunities and government revenue.

Speaking to State House correspondents after yesterday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, he said the proposed ministry would focus on livestock development, allowing the Agriculture Ministry to concentrate on other areas.

Fagbemi explained that the main focus is on what Nigerians and the government can gain in terms of revenue and other positive benefits.

“The President earlier informed the Council that a ministry known as the Ministry of Livestock Development is being established and this is because he believes that the Ministry of Agriculture should be split into two, one that will focus on livestock development because of what we can achieve in terms of protein, in terms of employment, in terms of revenue for the government and how this will affect the life of an ordinary Nigerian citizen,” he said.

While acknowledging that the creation of a new ministry may seem contrary to the government’s goal of reducing governance costs, Fagbemi stressed that the benefits of such a move would outweigh the costs.

The new ministry would facilitate large-scale livestock production, generating income and employment opportunities for Nigerians.

The Minister stressed the importance of improving protein consumption, a key aspect of the government’s policy on livestock development.

“Therefore, with regard to the Ministry of Livestock Development, in relation to the government policy of reducing governance, to every general rule there must be an exception, what will dictate the decision of the government, what guides the incorporation of the government or the action or reaction of the government is the general interest of the Nigerian citizen.

“As far as livestock is concerned, the President has seriously analysed the contribution of agriculture. Agriculture, now divided into two, has announced that there will be another ministry; needless to say, those implications will also go with it.

“I agree that this may cost money, but it will be done in a way that the benefits far outweigh any losses or concerns you may express.

“I have talked about this livestock farming and I said that apart from improving the protein intake of our people, it also provides money to the government because it will be done on a large scale, which will ensure money or revenue for the government, and there will also be greater employment opportunities for the people. So I think these are some of the areas that I need to clarify,” he said.

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