The Senate President Ahmed Lawan has sponsored the vaccination of a million livestock in his home state, Yobe.
He said this is to ensure the secured of livelihood for pastoralists, which depend solely on the health of their livestock.
Ahmed, who spoke at the flag off of the annual mass animal vaccination exercise in Yobe North Senatorial zone, said livelihood of pastoralists depend mainly on their livestock.
The Senate President, speaking on Saturday at the flag off ceremony at Gajama Fulani settlement along Gashua-Yusufari road of Bade local Government area of Yobe State, said the decision to sponsor the vaccination of the livestock was informed by the need to respond to the needs of the pastoralists.
He said: “We owe our pastoralists a responsibility which is nothing more than ensuring good health of their animals and providing them with enough water for both human and animals consumption.”
He promised to support 300 indigent families to marry out their daughters due for marriage to their chosen suitors.
Earlier, in his remarks, the representative of Governor Mai Mala Buni, the Permanent Secretary Yobe state Ministry of Agriculture, Mangarima Lawan applauded the gesture and assured of the commitment of the state government to boost livestock production across the state.
He also commended the efforts of the technical teams from the state ministry of agriculture and SAIL Foundation for working tirelessly to make the exercise a success.
In their separate remarks representatives of herders groups (Mi-Yetti Allah and Kulen-Allah) appreciate the gesture and called on other high ranking politicians in the zone to take a leaf.