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April 14, 2024

Veterinary Council Set to Promote Animal Health, Trade 

The Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) has pledged to enhance food safety and promote animal health to facilitate trade in animals and products in the country.

Specifically, Columba Vakuru, the chief veterinary officer of Nigeria, who spoke at a consultative stakeholders meeting on sanitary mandates on Monday in Abuja, said the council would pave the way for the transformation of animal healthcare delivery.

He said the move was to advance veterinary sanitation in Nigeria and build a future where animals thrive, communities prosper, and public health is safeguarded.

Mr. Vakuru said the sanitary mandate articulated its priorities, objectives, and strategies to protect the health of animals and humans alike.

“The overall goal is to achieve animal welfare and guarantee food security, ultimately leading to improved public health,” he said.

The veterinary director urged members to actively engage in discussions and share thoughts constructively, adding that their inputs would shape the future direction of veterinary services in Nigeria.

Mustapha Mohammed, the animal component officer, said the threat posed by transboundary animal diseases in the sub-region was enormous and recognized as the leading cause of low productivity and mortality in the livestock industry.

These threats, he said, were taken into account when the L-PRES project was in the process of development by the federal government preparation team and other experts.

He added that prevention, control, and possible eradication of four key transboundary diseases were the points of focus for the project under the animal health component.

Also, Adiya Ode, Propcom+’s Country Representative, said a robust public-private partnership (PPP) would facilitate the institutionalization of routine livestock vaccination at the federal, state, and local government levels and save costs from annual losses.

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