The Nigerian livestock industry was thrown into mourning since the late hours of thursday 7th of January 2021, as news of the death of famous Dr Olatunde Agbato filtered through the media. Sir Dr Olatunde Aiyedun Agbato was until his death the president and Chief Executive Officer of Animal Care Services Konsult , a Class Leader and Knight of John Wesley, Methodist Church Nigeria.
Dr Agbato was a veterinarian par excellence, both in academics and business points of view. He graduated from the University of Ibadan Veterinary School with distinction in veterinary pathology and parasitology in 1975 and also obtained the Master of Business Administration from the University of Lagos in 1977 as the first veterinarian in Nigeria with such qualification.
Dr Agbato taught briefly at the University of Ibadan between 1976 – 1977 before venturing into business, first as Technical Commercial Manager of SEEPC (Nig) Ltd; a French Agro Industrial Concern from October 1979 – September 1981, and finally settled down to grow his own company, Animal Care Services Konsult (Nigeria) Limited.
Dr Agbato led his company to become the first livestock conglomerate in Nigeria and a leading livestock concern in Nigeria and internationally. The company today is the only member of International Egg Commission from Nigeria and one of the few from Africa.
Through the meticulous management skills of Dr Agbato, Animal Care Konsult Services has won several awards including: Farmer of the year award of the Central Bank of Nigeria twice in 1987 and 1989 at the state level and in 1992 at the National level; National Best Farmer award of the National Council of Agriculture – the highest agricultural policy organ in Nigeria in 1995. The company is one of the largest private employer of veterinarians, animal scientists and veterinary/livestock technologists in Nigeria.
Dr Agbato is a fellow of the College of Veterinary Surgeons in Nigeria, the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, and also a recipient of the Distinguished Veterinarian Award of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association as well as a fellow, Farm Management Association of Nigeria.
During his tenure as Chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, he started the now famous Nigeria Poultry Show, which has grown to become the largest international poultry exposition in Nigeria. Dr Agbato was also the brain and engine behind Commercial Egg Producer Association of Nigeria (CEPAN) in the 90s.
Dr Olatunde Aiyedun Agbato, born 4th August 1950 died 7th January 2021, five months after celebrating his seventieth birthday. He would be fondly remembered for his indelible roles in shaping the livestock industry in Nigeria and globally. LIVESTONEWS.