Lagos government takes steps to strengthen veterinary services

Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya has revealed that the government is in the process of recruiting more vets to address the current shortage in delivering vet services to livestock across the state.

According to a statement on Monday, the commissioner said so at the South West Veterinary Service Directors Conference, held in Ikeja.

Olusanya, who was represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ms. Olatokunbo Emokpae, added that the government has decided to bring vets closer to the people by rehabilitating and equipping veterinary centers in Ikorodu, Ajah, Surulere, Ojo and Badagry.

She said, “The state government is in the process of recruiting more veterinarians to alleviate the effect of the current shortage in the delivery of veterinary services to livestock across the state.

“I am happy to inform you that the state has started the establishment of the cattle feedlot in Igbodu to increase the local production of healthy and hygienic meat and reduce reliance on imports from other states.

“There is a need to have access to verified vaccines, animal feed and veterinary services, to introduce state-of-the-art technology for proper monitoring and verification of activities in the livestock and agricultural sector , to encourage and support the private sector, investing in different aspects of the value chain.”

The Chairman of the South West Veterinary Service Directors Conference, Dr. Taiwo Jolaoso commended the government for its support to the state veterinary services.

He also called on the government to address the issues faced by the veterinary profession in carrying out their duties in various centres.

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