Report By Dr Saater Kumaga (Benue State)
Dr Akpem Shedrach Terese, an alumnus of the Federal University of Agriculture (Now J.S. Tarka University) Makurdi and CEO of Mobovet Makurdi has emerged winner of the 2019 edition of Vetsark innovation challenge.
The final stage of the competition was part of the activities of the 56th annual conference of Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) that took place at Reverton Hotel Lokoja, Kogi State from 7-11th October, 2019. A total of 7 out of the over 100 initial entries received were pitched and VET-CONNECT was selected as the best project after scrutiny and drilling by a panel of judges. According to the initiator of the project, it seeks to address the challenges encountered by animal owners in trying to access a veterinarian to attend to their animals and also do away with quackery by placing the veterinarian before the animal owner on an online platform. It also provides real time financial analysis for starting up a livestock farm and connects farmers with input suppliers to save them the stress and risk of saboteurs who play the role of middlemen.
Speaking with Dr Akpem shortly after been declared winner of the one million naira prize, he thanked the leadership of Vetsark limited led by Dr Femi Kayode for giving him the opportunity to showcase his idea to the public and promised to use the funds for the execution of the project which is expected to take off in 2 months time.
Earlier in an opening remark, the co-founder of Vetsark, Mene Blessing said the aim of the challenge was to give young veterinarians an opportunity to contribute to addressing the challenges in the livestock industry.
This year’s NVMA conference with the theme “Veterinary Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development: Challenges and the Way Forward” had the MD/CEO of First bank plc Dr Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan as Keynote speaker and was attended by seasoned entrepreneurs such as Dr Gani Enahoro, MD Ganrovet, Dr Ayoola Oduntan, MD Amo group, Dr Abubakar Bala Muhammed, MD Blue Blood Vet Services, Dr Dan Okeke of Olivia chicks limited who took turns to speak on their experiences as entrepreneurs. Other activities of the conference include scientific presentations in the various fields of veterinary medicine, business session which was led by Dr Baba Wageti of Adamore Nig. Limited, plenary sessions, and award night.
The 57th NVMA conference will hold in Edo state in the last quarter of 2020.