Livestock: Ambali canvasses support for FG’s National Transformation Plan
Written by Abdul Okiki on December 15, 2019
A Professor of Environmental Toxicology, Suleiman Ambali has called on stakeholders in animal husbandry to key into the National Transformation Plan of the Federal Government to develop the nation’s Livestock sub sector and propel the economy.
Professor Ambali also called for a political will to develop potentials in the livestock sub sector and make Nigeria exporter of meats and meat byproducts to Europe and America.
The don made the call in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while featuring on Playing Host, a Radio Kwara personality interview programme.
Professor Ambali who is the immediate past Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin emphasised the need to transform the livestock sub sector from nomadism to real sector that would earn Nigeria foreign exchange.
“We just need to get ourselves organized, it will do us a lot of good and I can assure you that when we are organized, we can also become exporter of meats and meat byproducts,” Prof. Ambali said.
The Veterinarian who expressed concern over the poor state of abattoirs in Nigeria and unwholesome meats in Nigerian markets urged Nigerians to be concerned about what they buy and consume.
He advocated the establishment of standard abattoirs in Kwara State and across the country to bring sanity into the process of slaughtering animals in the country.
“As a veterinarian, I am also interested in seeing to the public health aspect. I am involved in food safety, meat inspections and the likes. All these are areas that Veterinary medical practitioners play key roles. But when you look at the state of abattoirs in this country, there is nothing to write home about,” the don lamented.
Professor Ambali also urged governments to take the lead in ensuring that only animal with sound health are slaughtered for human consumption with a view to averting Zoonotic diseases from animal to man.
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