Lawan Kolo Geidam, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat in the FCT, has called for enhanced cooperation between the FCTA and the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), including veterinary doctors, to optimize veterinary services within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Geidam made this appeal during a visit from the newly elected officials of the NVMA to his office, emphasizing the pivotal role NVMA plays in advancing the livestock sector, a key contributor to job creation, individual livelihoods, and the national economy.
Highlighting the Administration’s commitment to prioritizing veterinary practice, Geidam affirmed, “The FCTA will focus on hiring qualified veterinarians, implementing robust continuous training programs to expose them to international best practices, thereby enhancing their capabilities to provide quality animal healthcare services to the FCT populace.”
He reassured that the Administration would capitalize on the successes achieved in animal vaccination and treatment by leveraging the expertise of NVMA members and other key stakeholders.
Commending the dedication of veterinary doctors, especially those in the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Geidam acknowledged their unwavering commitment during mass vaccination and treatment exercises.
He outlined the Secretariat’s plan to reinforce the work of the Committee established by the FCT Administration to regulate and streamline veterinary practice. Additionally, Geidam pledged the Administration’s commitment to equipping various veterinary clinics with modern facilities and high-quality medications to enhance veterinary services.
In her remarks, NVMA Chairperson, Dr. Chinna Joe-Iruobe, commended the FCT Administration for advancements in animal vaccination and clinical operations. She underscored the importance of government investment in building the capacities of FCT Veterinary Doctors to ensure optimal services for the public.
Expressing concern about unqualified and quack Veterinary Doctors, the Chairperson advised the FCT Administration to support the NVMA’s efforts in regulating and enforcing compliance with ethical veterinary practices in the FCT.