In view of the slump in the price of crude oil in the international market and its attendant negative impact on the Nigerian economy, the president, Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), Dr. Edgar Amos Sunday, said agricultural sector and livestock sub-sector hold the greatest potentials to turning round the fortunes of the nation.
Sunday, who stated this while delivering a paper on ‘Usefulness of agricultural sector and livestock sub-sector to the economy’ at the World Veterinary Council meeting in Abuja, called on the government to give priority attention to the development of the sector in the country.
He noted that veterinarians occupy strategic positions in the realm of agriculture, economics, trade, food safety, security and public health, as a result, they used be carried along in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
He explained that the increase in outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases has thrust greater responsibility on the professional mandate of veterinarians.
While explaining the theme of this year’s celebration which is “Vector – borne diseases with a zoonotic potential,” he identified malaria, yellow fever, lassa fever, lymphatic filariasis, river blindness, sleeping sickness, bilhazzia, among others which must be tackled headlong by all stakeholders, he observed that the occasion had provided veterinarians a veritable platform to help Nigeria with ideas on how to prevent, treat, control or eradicate some of these diseases.
Also speaking, the president, Veterinary Council of Nigeria [VCN] and Provost, Federal College of Animal Husbandry and Technology, (VON), Jos, Plateau state, Professor Garba Sharubutu, called on in-coming administration to appoint veterinarians into key positions.
Sharubutu lamented the absence of Veterinarians in various appointed positions in Nigerian government over the years, saying this ugly situation has resulted in the near extinct of veterinary cadre in the service.