By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) in its move to strengthen a responsive synergy in educating the citizenry on profitable ways of livestock, poultry and fisheries keeping in the country, has stepped up the need and solicited for mutual media partnership to achieve its objective.
The publicity sub- committee Chairman of the association’s 55th Annual Conference, Dr Faruk Tambuwal stated in Sokoto Thursday at a visit to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Sokoto state office.
Tambuwal said the visit was part of the committee exercise toward ensuring successful conduct of forthcoming conference coming up between Oct. 22th and 27th in Sokoto.
He said the conference aimed at providing a fora for professionals to discussed ways on tackling farmers/headsmen clashes, traditional to modern transformation livestock and poultry keeping.
He described the businesses as profitable and capable of enhancing Nigeria’s economy noting that agriculture remained backbone of economic development in the world.
According to him, the conference was tagged “The Veterinary Profession and Emerging Global Challenges” adding that topics on emerging diseases, climate change, one health and sustainability development.
The committee chairman said other topics to be discussed include Reforming the livestock industry for national security and economic prosperity as well as the challenges of antimicrobial drug resistance.
Tambuwal said Sokoto is a home to Veterinary professionals with specialised publications and host of Usman Danfodio University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
According to him, the University faculty has 68 full-time Veterinarians in service while state government has 77 Veterinary officers besides 5 private Veterinary practising premises and numerous institutions and private farms.
Responding, Senior Correspondent of NAN in Sokoto state, Malam Habibu Harisu, thanked him for the visit and assured that NAN would continue to cover events and activities of all kinds including those of associations in view of their importance to social and economic lives of Nigerians.
Harisu explained that NAN being a leading News Agency in Africa is always ready to partner with governmental and non governmental organizations and institutions in promoting and improving the wellbeing of Nigerians and sectors of the nation’s economy