NVMA: Though it remains clear that animal products are in high demand in the Nigerian society, as it serves many purposes which is dependent to the needs of the people ranging from provision of meat for human consumption, leather for furniture and fashion needs respectively, milk, fat and so on.
Subsequently, Bello Agaie,President of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) revealed that Nigeria has not been involved in the exportation of meat due to the product’s inability to meet the basic standard export requirements.
The NVMA supremo divulged this notion during a press briefing on the annual summit of the association in Abuja on Thursday.
He confidently talked aboutt other countries who Nigeria surpass in number of animals yet they remain active in exporting activities of their animal products.
He said improved seeds doctors whose roles are to examine the animals are in limited number in the country
“Some states like Rivers have only a veterinarian in the state,” he said.
Agaie said abattoirs were established to examine and regulate the processing and sale of safe meat but lamented that they do not carry out the responsibilities in Nigeria.
“In some abattoirs, you do not have doctors who examine these animals and collect the revenue. All you see are people with little or no knowledge of it collecting the revenue which is of utmost importance to them, rather than human health,” he said.
He further stressed stressed on the resolutions by participants present at the interactive summit.
“The summit directs full implementation of the veterinary regulations in all states and FCT in the entirety of the ramifications,” Agaie said.
He said the summit also charged all members of the NVMA to be involved and show concerns in situations of an emergency involving animal and man, in line with the ethics of the profession.
“It charged stakeholders to be cautious of the incessant outbreaks of Avian Influenza, urging them to observe global best practices to checkmate diseases in their farms.
“The summit urged investors to help build the capacity of the quarantine services of the country.
Agaje also encouraged the need to employ digitalisation to enhance more effective data management and accessibility of the reporting system for the nature of diseases in animals.
Still speaking about the need of giving more attention in the business of animal products, he talked about the essence of adopting livestock farming so as to ensure products to encourage healthy living.
“We need to move away from the traditional livestock farms to the modern farms. Today, it has caught up with us and we are now paying those prices,” he said.
“There is need to urgently inaugurate the Board of Veterinary Council of Nigeria, the regulatory body of the profession dissolved since 2015,” he said.
He acknowledged the effort of the National Assembly in passing bills needed to strengthen the laws governing the profession in the country.
It is important to note that NVMA is the tent that houses veterinary surgeons registered with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria.
However, the positive moves being made by the NVMA with help inspire other private and non governmental organizations pursuing the same goal towards implementing sensitisation programmes to educate and enlighten those in the business of animal products for better proficiency in the venture.