The Federal Government has commenced training on certification protocols for import and export of animals and Animal products in line with international standards.
At the programme in Abuja, the Chief Veterinary officer, Animal health and Clinical Services, Dr, Maimuna Habib said the essence was to sensitize the veterinarians involved in attesting to the health status of animals and animals products as well as creating a platform for effective management of information among relevant stakeholders on import and export certification.
Dr Habib noted that the programme would also provide a database that facilitate the accreditation of veterinarians for commodity certification and database.
Chief Veterinary officer said despite the fact that some veterinarians are aware of this procedures, it was mandatory to engage them in the training to have a clear understanding of Animal products.
Chairman of the Occasion and Vice President, Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr Bala Mohammed advocated the need for effective handling of Animals and Animal products due to likely effects on human population, if not adequately treated.
Head of Quality Assurance and Standard Division in the Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Dr Adeniyi Adedoyin said government’s intention was to continue engaging stakeholders throughout the country and to give guidance on the certification procedures.
Reporting by Zacchaeus Babalola; editing by Adeniyi Bakare