The honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, on Thursday 5th March 2020 inaugurated the new governing council of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) with a charge to the members to ensure accountability, transparency and equity in regulating the training and practice of the veterinary profession in the country. The inauguration took place in the conference hall of the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
The minister stated that when he came into office, he discovered that the VCN has been operating without a council since the dissolution of the previous one in 2015. “The role of the council is crucial and the realization of this made us to expedite actions to ensure its inauguration”.
The minister decried the increasing rate of adulteration of veterinary and livestock products and called on the new council to fashion out ways of checkmating this menace to save the lives of the animals and protect the health of humans that consume them. Alhaji Nanono further remarked that in line with the national livestock transformation plan of the present administration, the ministry is making a case before the federal executive council for an approval of a roadmap to control the spread of livestock diseases which have being on the increase in the past five years.
Responding on behalf of members of the council, the president of the new council, Dr Mrs. Aishatu Abubakar Baju promised to ensure enforcement of all laws guiding the practice of the veterinary profession in order to control the incursion of non-professionals every form of quackry. Dr Aishatu who is the commissioner of police in charge of thePolice Force animal division promised to collaborate with the ministry and other stakeholders to actualize government’s programmes especially as it has to do with national livestock transformation plan.
The Veterinary Council of Nigeria is made up of 8 elected members, and other statutory members to include all deans of faculties and colleges of Veterinary Medicine in Nigerian universities, Director National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) Vom, chief veterinary officer of Nigeria, and the provost of college of veterinary surgeons of Nigeria.
The council is saddled with the responsibility of regulating the training and practice of the veterinary profession in the country.