The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) FCT chapter has called on the Federal Government to establish a Ministry of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health.
Dr. Ifeanyi Ogbu, representing the FCT Chapter of the association made the call in Abuja, on the sideline of a workshop on Animal (Diseases) Control Act 2022, organised by the Division of Veterinary Epidemiology Department of Veterinary Services, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
According to him, the creation of the ministry would ensure speedy control of diseases transmitted from animals to human beings.
He said, “The ministry can generate revenue for the government and create job opportunities for a number of veterinary doctors graduating from numerous universities across the country.
“President Tinubu should consider making veterinary medicine a separate ministry in Nigeria, we know that he has the capacity to do it and he has started properly and started well.
“It will also enable speedy control of zoonotic diseases that affect man. It will be a huge benefit for West Africa if Nigeria has a Federal Ministry of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health.”