Bello flags off 2018 mass livestock vaccination exercise
As part of efforts of the FCT Administration to ensure food security and prevent the outbreak and spread of livestock borne diseases in the territory, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, has flagged off the 2018 mass vaccination and treatment exercise for livestock in the FCT.
The minister who was represented at the ceremony which took place at the FCT Veterinary Clinic, Gwagwalada, by the Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, ARDS, Hon. Nzekwe Stanley, reiterated the commitment of FCT Administering towards ensuring that residents consume healthy livestock safe for human consumption are available in the markets within the FCT.
In his words; "The FCT Administration through the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat has been carrying various animal health programmes such as the campaign against Avian influenza, the vaccination of sheep and goat against goat catarrh and this exercise is a preventive measure to protect livestock from contacting the various diseases and it will be carried out all through the nooks and crannies.
It will be carried out all through the nooks and crannies of the FCT where we have cattle sheep and goats."
He urged livestock owners in the FCT to take advantage of the exercise by bringing their cattle, goats and sheep for the vaccination. According to him, this will enable them breed healthier livestock that will have prolonged life and produce more milk and healthier off-springs, just as he commended the area councils for their support and assured them that the minister of the FCT Muhammad Bello is very passionate about the agricultural sector..
Earlier, in his welcome address, the chairman of Gwagwalada area council, Alhaji Mustapha Danze, assured the minister that the council will mobilise its agric officers to provide support towards the success of the exercise.
Also, in a remark, the Head of Veterinary Services in the Agric Secretariat, Dr. Mrs. Regina Adulugba reminded the Fulani's and other stakeholders in the livestock business on the importance of the exercise.