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Exit of an icon; Colleagues extol late Dr Agbato

The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association on Thursday January 21, 2021 held a virtual valedictory session in honour of late Dr Olatunde Agbato. The session was attended by veterinarians from all works of life.

In an opening remark, the president Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Dr Shehu Ibrahim Ado described Dr Agbato as an icon in veterinary medicine who strived to improve the profession and the livestock industry in general by providing quality and exemplary leadership through his livestock conglomerate that employed many veterinarians. Dr Ado said the deceased icon left a very big shoe that will be difficult for anyone to step into. Other prominent veterinarians who attended the session took turns to pay tribute to Dr Agbato and send their condolences to his family.

“Dr Agbato whom we mourn today stood out as a pillar in shaping the practice of the veterinary profession in Nigeria. He gave the profession the status it has in Nigeria today while serving in the council and in other positions. His leadership style will be greatly missed” – Dr Ezenwa Isaac Nwakonobi, Registrar Veterinary council of Nigeria.

“Dr Agbato was an icon in veterinary practice who demonstrated and laid a solid foundation on how veterinary medicine should be practiced as a profession. He lived to defend the profession at all times and worked tirelessly to ensure the progress of the profession. He left at a point when government attention is shifted to agriculture of which he is supposed to be a key player. He will always be remembered for the good he did” – Prof Garba Hamidu Sharubutu, Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria.

“I met Dr Agbato in 1979 when I was a student at the University of Ibadan. He loved to give ideas and mentorship to young veterinarians and always stood to support the profession in the country. He gave the profession a name that stood tall among other professions. He will always be remembered as long as the veterinary profession exists” – Dr Gani Enahoro, Vice president West African Veterinary Association.

“Dr Agbato is the largest single private employer of veterinarians in Nigeria. He supported the government in the area of job creation and poverty alleviation by engaging so many veterinarians and other people in his livestock conglomerate. He also supported the review of veterinary legislations in the country and the creation of the Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. He has written his name in gold and his legacies will continue to live” – Dr Olaniran Alabi, Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria.

“Dr Agbato was a leader par excellence who replicated his leadership qualities in many young people through mentorship. He did not only touch the lives of his employees but everyone that came close to him. He was a father who lived to practice what he believed and preached. His legacies will continue to live and speak while he lives in the great eternity beyond” – Dr Kunle Abiade, President, Small Animal Veterinarians Association of Nigeria.

“Dr Olatunde Agbato was a pillar in veterinary medicine who lived to support the course of veterinary practice. He supported quality legislations that gave the profession a facelift. He will always be remembered as long as I live” – Dr Tunji Nasir, President, Commonwealth Veterinary Association.

“He was a role model who worked continuously in developing veterinary entrepreneurship in Nigeria by creating a lot of employment opportunities for young people. He was a source of inspiration to me and others who got interested in practicing veterinary medicine as a business. He will always be remembered for his good works” – Dr Tunde Lawal, Chief Executive officer Turnerwright limited

Dr Agbato stood out in supporting research in the livestock sector. His diagnostic laboratories across the country provided baseline data that guided in taking decisions while embarking on some of our research projects. He will be greatly missed. I encourage everyone to do their bits so they can be remembered when they transit into the great beyond. – Dr Maryam Muhammed, Executive Director, National Veterinary Research Institute Vom.

Until his death, Dr Olatunde Aiyedun Agbato was the president and chief executive officer of Animal Care Services Konsult Limited, a leading livestock conglomerate in Nigeria, a class leader, and knight of John Wesley, Methodist Church Nigeria. He died on Thursday January 7, 2021 and was buried on 22 January 2021 in his home town, Ogere Remo, Ogun state, Nigeria. LIVESTONEWS.

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