Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has described that the state has the most active veterinary clinic in the whole of West Africa.
The governor made this known while declaring the opening ceremony of the conference and annual general meeting of the Nigerian Association of Animal Health and Husbandry Technologist held at the Coronation Hall recently.
Governor Ganduje who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said the Gwale Veterinary Clinic has for decades been engaged in the training of animal health practitioners from all over the country.
He also said that the effort of the present administration to secure healthy animal population has geared the state government towards engaging in various animal vaccinations and programmes in order to eradicate animal diseases from the state.
He further reiterated government’s commitment in the area of animal health for a healthier human population and food security in the state.
He also noted that “the theme of your conference is adjudged a unique one in the generic aspect of the global one-world, one-medicine and food security.”
He finally charged the participants to pay attention to all the deliberations conducted in the annual conference and urged them to practice what they would learn in their professional capacity.
Earlier in their separate remarks, the guest speaker, Prof. Junaidu Kabiru and the President Nigerian Association of Animal Health and Husbandry Technologists, Comrade Salihu Abubakar had spoken extensively on the theme of the conference that is: “The Nigerian Animal Health Practitioners as a Local Interface of the One Health One Medicine.”
They also said that the conference had given their members the opportunity to update their knowledge in the research about their profession and equally rub minds on issues affecting their members.
They, however, said that Nigeria is not yet ready for the issue of one health, one medicine due to lack of synergy between the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in which they said the two ministries are only coming together when there is an outbreak of diseases.
They therefore called on the two ministries to always come together so as to achieve the aim of one health, one medicine.