The Nigerian Association of Animal Health and Husbandry Technologists has called on the National Assembly to pass a bill to regulate the practice and improve the animal health sector.
Mr Godfrey Osuji, the National President of the association, made the call while briefing newsmen on Monday ahead of its two-day annual scientific conference holding from October 19 to 20, in Abuja.
Osuji said the conference was aimed at sensitising the general public on the role of animal health technologists in a sustainable economic public health policy in Nigeria.
“The National Assembly should urgently pass a bill for an act to regulate the practice and to make provisions for the Technologists Registration Board for the development of animal health sector.”
“The association was established in 1989 to encourage the observance of the ethics on Animal Public Healthcare Delivery Services in Nigeria.”
“If the bill is passed, it would go a long way to address so many abnormalities in the Animal Health and Husbandry Sector,” he said.
The president also called on the Head of Service of the Federation to release the scheme of service for the Animal Health sector and allied cadres approved by the national council on establishment.
He said that the sector had been left behind in terms of policy making and implementation on service delivery in Animal Health.
However, he called on the general public to avail themselves of the Agro-Health professional consultants and animal health products exhibitions at the conference venue.
Osuji said: “The conference is meant, among other things, to sensitise the general public on the role of Animal Health Technologists in public health policy.”
“As part of the association’s efforts to ensure effective and economic service delivery in animal health, the public is hereby invited to meet with consultants on the two days conference.”
“There would also be mounted Animal Health products and by-products exhibition stands to showcase the advanced skills of Husbandry Technologists.” (NAN)