An 11-man Taskforce on Veterinary Practice Premises has been inaugurated in Lagos State.
The Task Force is expected to inspect, register and license veterinary premises with professionals that will render quality services to the citizenry
Members are Dr. Rasheed Macaulay (Chairman); DCP Idris Nagoyo; Dr. Idris Adegboyega; Dr. Ayokunle Omileye; Dr. Mary Ogunleye; Dr. Olufemi Aroso; Dr. Mobolaji Alao; Dr. Funmilayo Alao; Dr. Helen Oputa-Chime; Dr. Sunday Adigun and Oluwaseyi Ogbe.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya performed the ceremony in Alausa Ikeja while playing host to the Working Team from the Veterinary Council of Nigeria, led by its President, Dr Aishatu Abubakar-Baje
She said that the visit of the veterinary Council of Nigeria’s working team to Lagos was coming at a time the State was transforming the Read Meat Value Chain through the development of animal traceability, reactivation of control posts and quarantine at entry points to detect diseased animals and moribund livestock.
Ms Olusanya solicited the support and co-operation of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria towards the success of the Lagos Red Meat Transformation Agenda, as the veterinary services directorate has a very critical role to play in this regard.
The Commissioner revealed that Lagos had already put in place measures to aid the smooth operation and activities of the Task Force through the establishment of a standing committee which had already renewed and updated the registration status of 30 veterinary clinics, 55 veterinary pharmacies and six veterinary pharmaceutical companies last year, with an estimated
500 private practicing veterinarians state-wide.
“As a result of this, we have been able to maintain an acceptable standard of veterinary service delivery amongst private practitioners; maintain strong and growing impact on anti-quackery and sharp practices in veterinary services delivery in Lagos State; upgrade and rehabilitate our veterinary clinics at Ajah, Ikorodu and Badagry; equip and furnish our Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Agege with reagents, chemicals and diagnostic kits to aid the extent and scope of service at the laboratory as a referral Veterinary Laboratory; as well as procure Veterinary Ambulance/Mobile Veterinary clinic.
“All these measures are expected to reflect positively in our overall disease surveillance, monitoring and control since a strong synergy exists between private veterinarians and the State Government,” the Commissioner announced
Earlier, the President of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr Aishatu Abubakar- Baju commended Lagos State for being very proactive and strategic being the State with the highest number of private veterinary premises and related industries in the country.
Announcing that Lagos would be the third State where task force on Veterinary Practice Premises would be inaugurated, Dr Abubakar-Baje who is also an Assistant Inspector-General of Police warned all unregistered veterinary services providers to regularize their activities within the nest two months.
“Consequently, as we inaugurate this committee today, we are calling on all unregistered and the illegal Veterinary outfits in the entire nation to register with their various State committees within the next 60 days or face the full wrath of the law.”Abubakar- Baju said
She said the Council was in the process of digitizing and geo-mapping all veterinary practices across the Country and charged the members of the new Lagos Vet premises taskforce to fulfill their mandate with a high level of responsibility, hard work and diligence.