NVMA honors FCTA in Kano
By Edrina Emmanuel
The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, NVMA has honoured the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, for its outstanding contributions to the development of Veterinary Health Services in the FCT.
The Association in its 54th annual Conference taking place in Kano with the theme "Veterinary Services as tools for advancing Economic Growth, Food and National Security" acknowledged the efforts made by the FCT Administration under the dynamic leadership of the Minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello, in addressing the age long challenges in the Veterinary Health services sector.
In a press statement by the Assistant Director in charge of Public Relations in FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Zakari Aliyu, revealed that the president of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Dr Godwin Abonyi, commended the Administration for the recruitment of Veterinary Doctors, a move which he noted will help to strengthen the capacity of the Secretariat to efficiently perform its responsibilities of delivering standard Veterinary Health Services in the FCT."
He lauded the FCT Administration for partnering with the Association in the ongoing anti rabies exercise which is taking place in all the Area Councils of the FCT.
Receiving the award on behalf of the administration, the Secretary for Agric and Rural Development Secretariat Hon. Stanley Ifeanyichukwu thanked the NVMA for the award which he stated will further motivate the administration to do more in the development of the Agricultural sector.
He reiterates the readiness of the administration to continue to implement the necessary policy framework that will ensure the realization and revival of the Agricultural sector.
In his words" our focus in the FCT Administration is to ensure that farmers get the much needed support both in the areas of access to critical Agricultural inputs as well as strengthening our Agric Extension services to ensure that our farmers are well guided towards boosting food production. Gods willing as soon as the budget is released we shall be moving into the field to support our farmers"
On the employment of Veterinary Doctors, Nzekwe said that it was not only aimed at providing gainful employment to youths but also aid in bridging the gap as it pertains to the huge demand for competent veterinary health services in the FCT.
He said "already the new doctors have undergone orientation and reorientation in line with the agenda of the present administration predicated on dedication to duty and efficient service delivery".
High point of the occasion was the presentation of awards to various state governments as well as the delivery of lectures by resource persons.