FG inaugurates National Strategic Documents for Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases

FG inaugurates National Strategic Documents for Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases

By Doris Esa, Abuja.

 

The Federal Government on Wednesday inaugurated the National Strategic Documents for the Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs).

 

The documents are on how to contain Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia, African Trypanosomiasis and Tick-Borne Diseases, Foot and Mouth Disease in cattle.

 

Others are Peste des Petits Ruminants in sheep and goats, African Swine Fever in pigs and Newcastle disease in chickens, among others.

 

The Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who inaugurated the seven documents said that TADs accounted for more than N29 billion losses in Nigeria’s livestock sub-sector annually.

 

Osinbajo, who was represented by Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that the strategic documents were developed, in line with the priority which the Federal Government accorded the agricultural sector.

 

“As we may be aware, transboundary animal diseases are one of the most economically devastating diseases of livestock in the West and Central Africa sub- regions.

 

“In Nigeria, it is responsible for more than N29-billion losses annually in the livestock sub-sector through mortality, morbidity and trade restrictions on Nigeria occasioned by the endemicity of some of these diseases in the country,” he said.

 

Osinbajo said that the strategic documents had received wide stakeholders’ inputs and contributions before their validation.

 

He expressed the hope that the seven strategic documents would be used for the good of the livestock industry in Nigeria and humanity in general.

 

In his address, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, said that TADs had no respect for national borders and remained of immense concern to Nigeria.

 

He said that the control of TADs was necessary, in order to maximise livestock production and productivity in the country.

 

“The Federal Government has taken the lead in this regard. There is, therefore, the need for collaboration and partnership among the three tiers of government to ensure sharing of knowledge.

 

“As well as new initiatives, identifying interventions, pooling resources together and implementing animal disease control programmes across the county,” he said.

 

The minister said that the ministry was planning to have Primary Animal Health Centres in all the 774 local government areas of Nigeria.

 

In a remark, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, said that the implementation of the strategic documents would help to keep both animals and humans safe.

 

The Chief Veterinary Officer Nigeria, Dr Maimuna Habib, also said that the strategic documents would serve as guide for the control and eradication of TADs in the country, in line with global best practices.

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