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Kwara to begin school feeding programme

By Aminat Ahmed, Razaq Hameedat.

Kwara State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, has announced that the State would soon begin school feeding programme for pupils in public schools "as Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has forwarded a bill on Kwara State Social Investment Programme to the State House of Assembly".

The deputy governor who stated this at the second induction and oath taking of Veterinary graduates of University of Ilorin, said "this will not only address the menace of malnutrition, it will also boost Livestock businesses in the state".

Mr Alabi who was Distinguished Guest of Honour at the programme noted that human lives revolve around what we eat for survival and what enhances productivity.

The Deputy Governor stessed that last year, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned that Nigeria’s livestock industry may struggle under record pressure by 2050 if it remains passive to bridging its supply gaps.

He urged the Young Vets to see beyond the white-collar jobs by exploring opportunities in the Livestock industry, especially with the increasing demand for livestock-based foods.

The Deputy Governor called on Veterinary doctors to play critical roles in ensuring that animals are healthy and safe for human consumption for the country to purge itself of Zoonotic diseases and other diseases like Tuberculosis.

The Deputy Governor explained further that "Livestock industry is filled with a lot opportunities and takes a pre-eminent place in achieving food security.
Let me quickly say that your induction today is the beginning of your success if you take the right and quick decisions on your next move after today".

"The theme for this year's induction, Untapped potentials in the Nigerian Livestock sector: Prospects for young Vets is apt and germane in view of challenges in the Livestock industry in particular and Agricultural sector in general. This, I believe, will lessen the fears of the young Vets and open their eyes and minds to the opportunities in the Livestock industry" he added.

Mr Alabi said it is disheartening that Nigeria with her arable land and water cannot be self sufficient in animal production as the Nation till date imports animals from neighbouring countries at high rates to meet local needs while foods of animal origin are equally being sourced from outside the country by wealthy individuals.

The Deputy Governor stated that Nigeria has better advantage to explore the Livestock industry, meet the protein needs of the citizenry and earn foreign exchange through export to international markets.

He added that the present administration in the state is aware of farmer/herder conflicts across the country, noting that Kwara which is known for its peaceful and harmonious nature would  embark on all inclusive policies that will put it at vantage position for Livestock business.

"This administration is ready to collaborate with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin, the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) and relevant bodies to achieve zero transmission of diseases from animal to man" he assured.

Mr Alabi  appealed to the Veterinary Council of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency widen its monitoring mechanism to ensure that only qualified persons are into veterinary practice in Nigeria.

Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, charged graduands to be exemplary in their conduct, and commended the vision of the founding fathers of the faculty.

The Vice Chancellor  who also congratulated the graduands charged them to go out and make the university and their parents proud by making a difference in the profession by protecting the lives and dignity of animals.

Admitting the new sixteen graduands into the profession, the acting Registrar of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr Josiah Kantiyok represented by Dr John Garuba explained that the essence of the induction is to place new doctors under obligation and record their names into register of all Medical Veterinary practitioners in Nigeria.

Dean of the faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University, Professor Suleiman Salami appreciated the founding father and the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdulganiy Ambali for laying a solid foundation that is producing veterinary doctors who can compete favourably with their colleagues nationally and internationally.
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