The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono has approved the appointment of Dr Ezenwa Isaac Nwakonobi as the new Registrar of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN). In a statement obtained by Livestonews in Abuja on Monday, 26th October 2020, the minister stated that Dr Ezenwa’s appointment which takes immediate effect is as result of his track record of achievements and hard work in his civil service career. He urged the new registrar to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessor as he pursues the mandate of the council.
Until his appointment, Dr Ezenwa was a deputy director and head of Animal Health and Clinical Services in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. He has been a key player in government programmes for the eradication of transboundary animal diseases in Nigeria which include Contagious Bovine Pleuropnemonia (CBPP), African Swine Fever (ASF), Avian Influenza (AI), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Newcastle Disease (NCD), and Peste des petits Ruminants (PPR). He is the National Coordinator of the Global Control and Eradication of PPR project.
Dr Ezenwa, a veterinarian by training and profession, was born on November 25, 1962 in Obecha quarter of Utchi in present day Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. He started formal schoolling at the age of 8 years at Obalu Primary School, Utchi and obtained the First School Leaving Certificate in June, 1975. Between 1975 and 1980, Ezenwa attended the famous Catholic School – Mater Dei College, Ashaka from where he passed out with Grade 1 in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASC); also winning the prize of best graduating science student in his set of 1980. In 1981, he gained admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he studied Veterinary Medicine for six years graduating as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1987. He also attended the prestigious Royal Veterinary College, University of London (2009/10) specializing in Veterinary Epidemiology.
His work experience started with the one-year compulsory National Youth Service (1987/88 set) firstly at Rojenny Tourist Village, Oba for four months (during which he set up and managed the Zoological Garden) and later at Anambra Integrated Livestock Project (Nkwelle Farms) in Nkwelle Ezunaka as the first Farm Veterinarian for 8 months. After the national service, Ezenwa proceeded to Lagos and worked as a Veterinary Clinician at Alvin Veterinary Services & Consultancy, Ikeja for about a year before joining the Federal Civil Service as a Veterinary Officer in December, 1989, rising through thick and thin, to the position of Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. He has been fully involved in the development and implementation of various government programmes and strategies for the control of animal diseases and pests. He played key roles in the containment of Avian Influenza (bird flu) outbreaks of 2006 – 2008 and the eventual eradication of the dreaded Rinderpest disease from Nigeria.
Dr Ezenwa has attended various courses in Nigeria, Germany, USA, United Kingdom, etc; and has been a member of Federal Government’s delegation to various international fora onvarious issues pertaining to animal, environmental and human health.
Dr Ezenwa takes over from Dr Josiah Kantiyok who has yielded to the call of his kinsmen to serve them as a paramount rural of Fantswam (Agwam Fantswam II) in Kaduna state and voluntarily retired from the federal civil service after serving as the Acting Registrar/Chief executive of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria for over 4 years.
Meanwhile, colleagues have continued to send goodwill messages to the new registrar. In his congratulatory message, the interim secretary of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria, Dr Oladotun Fadipe wished the registrar a successful tenure with notable developmental strides and prayed for good health, peace of mind, and divine wisdom. Dr Fadipe equally congratulated the immediate past registrar, His Royal Highness, Dr Josiah Tagwai Kantiyok for successfully ascending to the royal throne to rule his people. He prayed to God to grant him the kind of wisdom he gave to biblical Solomon to successfully reign as king over his people.
The Veterinary Council of Nigeria was established in 1953 as a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and is charged with the responsibility of coordinating and overseeing the standard of training and practice of the veterinary profession in Nigeria. LIVESTONEWS.