Government urged to review veterinary service delivery laws

Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

The Nigerian Veterinary medical association has called on the Nigerian government to review the laws that have implications for veterinary service delivery and livestock development in the country and funding for the association.

The National president of the Nigerian veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Edgar Amos Sunday, made the call when the association paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Senator Heineken Lokpobiri in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.

Dr. Sunday said some of the laws are obsolete and new ones should be added to suit contemporary realities.

He said “we need to promulgate laws to enhance abattoir operations and safe meat production, processing delivery and marketing”

The national president said the association also called on the government to increase funding for the National Veterinary Institute in Vom, Riyom Local government area of Plateau state Nigeria to enhance its capacity for research and production of vaccines.

“We are also highly concerned at the effect of the dissolution of Federal government Boards on the critical activities of the veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN). We hope that you will use your good office to assist in getting the activities of the VCN back in full swing” he added.

While responding, the Minister of State Agriculture Senator Lokpobiri said the veterinary institute and the council need to intensify their efforts in research in order to produce vaccine for disease such as avian influenza, foot and mouth disease and Lassa fever.

He said if the vaccines are produced in commercial quantity the country can stop importing them from counties like China.

On obsolete veterinary laws the minister said the ministry will work closely with the association to propose a bill for amendment to the national assembly.

Also on the issue of funding Sen. Lokpobiri said the ministry will make efforts to improve on the funds for the council in the 2017 budget.

The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVWA) is the umbrella professional of all veterinarians in Nigeria and It is set host the world on 31st October 2016 on the 6th Veterinary Association/53 Congress in Enugu.