The Federal Government has officially inaugurated the National Council for Animal Welfare (NCAW) to ensure the regulation of animal welfare in Nigeria in line with global best practices.
Speaking at the inauguration which took place in the Agriculture and Rural Development Conference Hall, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar said that welfare animal is the quality of life enjoyed by an animal during its lifetime and the awareness of how healthy it is managed in its environment.
In his words, “It is our duty to ensure that animals are treated humanely, responsibly and free from stress, hunger, anxiety and pain.” added Dr. Abubakar.
The Minister pointed out that Nigeria’s Animal Welfare Strategy was developed and endorsed by the National Council for Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD) in 2016 and that as part of the implementation of policy, the ministry has stepped up its efforts to bring global best practices to Nigeria. Animal welfare strategy, especially for the livestock and poultry industry.
The minister posited that to achieve the set goals, it was necessary to commit resources and work with relevant stakeholders to formulate a national standard for animal use and care.
Dr Abubakar added that the inauguration of the NCAW was timely and timely, noting that the move would chart a new course for the implementation of animal welfare practices in Nigeria.
He affirmed that “we will continue to do our best within the available resources at our disposal as we look forward to the support of non-governmental organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders in this area to ensure that together we are improving animal welfare practices in Nigeria. a lasting basis.
The minister considered that the NCAW would have both steering and technical committees, adding that the members of the steering committees would chair the various technical working groups on animal welfare under the leadership of the Chief Veterinarian of Nigeria / Director of the Department Federal Veterinary and Pest Control Services.
In her remarks, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Adeleke Mamora, stressed the need for the two ministries to work together to achieve the goal set to take care of these animals to avoid that diseases are transmitted to humans.
In her opening remarks, the Director of the Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Dr. Maimuna Habib, said the inauguration of the council aimed to formulate national standards for the use and care of animals as well as to implement policies on matters concerning the general care of animals. animals in research, teaching and mandatory product testing in Nigeria.