ECOWAS credits Nigeria’s veterinary potentials in Africa
The African Union Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) Veterinary Governance Regional Coordinator for ECOWAS, Mr Henri Kabore, said: “Nigeria is blessed with livestock and their potentials are yet to be properly harnessed, this workshop will reawaken the national policy makers on livestock that the industry is crucial in wealth creation and employment generation.”
AU/ IBAR aims to improve the institutional environment at national and regional levels to provide effective and efficient animal health services on the continent.
Kabore noted that livestock was a key player in African economies and explained that the project was to reform the administration of animal science and production in the ECOWAS sub-region.
The President of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Dr Gani Enahoro, said that veterinarians were inadequate to cope with the existing livestock, giving room for unprofessionals to infiltrate the animal science practice.
“We have less than 5,000 to handle the volume of livestock we have in this country and that has given room to unprofessionals to infiltrate the veterinary practice.
“It is a common knowledge that veterinary practice transcends treatment of livestock.
“We have started sensitising the public on the relevance of veterinary practice and I think it will go a long way,” he said.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Sciences, Dr Oyedele Oyedeji, stressed the need to educate Nigerian farmers on livestock production.
Oyedeji noted that ignorance had posed a serious threat to the expansion of the nation’s livestock industry.
The Chief Veterinary Officer of the Livestock Department of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Abubakar Abdulganiyu, decried the absence of laws governing meat inspection in the country.
“We are not happy with the way the meat industry is being run in the country.
“Most of our regulating laws are obsolete and it is crucial for us to queue into this veterinary governance,” he said.