January 28, 2023



FG inaugurates Nationwide Council on Animal Welfare

The Federal Authorities has formally inaugurated the Nationwide Council on Animal Welfare (NCAW) with a cost to make sure the regulation of animal welfare in Nigeria, according to international finest practices.

Talking through the inauguration which occurred on the Agriculture and Rural Growth convention corridor, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Growth, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, stated animal welfare is the standard of life loved by an animal in its lifetime and the consciousness of how wholesome it’s managed in its environment.

In his phrase, “It’s our responsibility to make sure that animals are handled humanely, responsibly and devoid of stress, starvation, nervousness and ache.” Dr. Abubakar added.

The Minister identified that, Nigeria Animal Welfare Technique was developed and permitted by the Nationwide Council on Agriculture and Rural Growth (NCARD) in 2016 and in furtherance of the implementation of the coverage, the Ministry stepped up efforts in the direction of introducing international finest practices in Nigeria’s Animal Welfare Technique significantly for the Livestock and poultry business.

The Minister posited that to attain the set targets there was the necessity to commit sources in addition to collaborate with related stakeholders to formulate a nationwide customary for the use and care of animals.

Dr. Abubakar added that the inauguration of NCAW was apt and well timed, noting that, the transfer would chart a brand new course for the implementation of Animal welfare practices in Nigeria.

He maintained that, “We will proceed to do our greatest inside the obtainable sources at our disposal as we look ahead to assist from Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs and different stakeholders on this area to make sure that collectively we enhance animal welfare follow in Nigeria on a sustainable foundation”.

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The Minister opined that the NCAW would have each steering and technical Committees, including that members of the steering committees would chair the varied Animal welfare technical working teams beneath the management of Chief Veterinary Officer Nigeria / Director, Federal Division of Veterinary and Pest Management Companies.

In his remarks, the Minister of Science, Know-how and Innovation Senator Adeleke Mamora harassed on the necessity for the 2 Ministries to work collectively to realize the set objective of taking good care of these animals to keep away from ailments being transmitted to people.

In her opening remarks, Director Federal Division of Veterinary and Pest Management Companies, Dr. Maimuna Habib, acknowledged the inaugurating of the council was geared toward formulating nationwide customary to be used and care of animals in addition to implement insurance policies on issues regarding the normal care of animals in analysis, educating and necessary testing of merchandise in Nigeria.