Friday, June 29, 2018

Agric Ministry Inaugurates Task Force to Regulate Veterinary Services in Kogi State


By Tolu Omotugba.
The Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture has set up a task force to regulate activities in abattoirs, slaughter slabs, meat shops and veterinary practice premises within Kogi state. This is primarily aimed at ensuring that quality and wholesome meat gets to the final consumers in the state.
While inaugurating the committee, the commissioner, who was represented by the director administration and finance (DAF) of the ministry, Mrs Lawal Lammy, charged the members to carry out a thorough job.
According to him, “there is need to regulate the activities of quacks which are inimical to the safety of our citizenry.
“People who are not professionals are all over the state without any decorum having caused a lot of harm to Kogites through their malpractices in veterinary and meat business.”
The Director of veterinary services, Dr Shuaibu, who is a member of the committee, noted that the committee was in line with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria’s (VCN) directive to regulate and ensure proper registration of veterinary practice premises, abattoirs, slaughter slabs and meat shops in all states to sanitize the country of illegal practitioners.
The committee which was inaugurated on Tuesday at the Ministry of Agriculture has its members outsourced from the department of veterinary and livestock of the ministry of agriculture, the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Civil Defense and other relevant stakeholder agencies.
The committee has now forthwith been empowered by the state government through its ministry of agriculture by the letter no.: MOA/KGVL/75/VOL.1/157 to monitor, regulate, implement and enforce the standard in veterinary practice premises, abattoir, slaughter slab and meat shop operation in the state.

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