Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Agric Minister Decries Factors Threatening Food Security in Nigeria

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has decried the impacts of climate change, natural disasters, insecurity, emerging zoonotic diseases, and other challenges as threats to food security.

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has decried the impacts of climate change, natural disasters, insecurity, emerging zoonotic diseases, and other challenges as threats to food security.

Abdullahi disclosed this in a communiqué signed by the Chairman of the Communique Drafting Committee, Dr. Sati Ngulukun, which was issued at the end of the 59th Annual Congress of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), held in Lagos State.

According to the communiqué, the minister who chaired the ceremony advocated for collaboration among stakeholders in the livestock sub-sector to combat the challenges affecting food security in Nigeria in line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwu-Olu, as the Chief Host, represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ruth Olusanya, called for the use of social media as a tool to create awareness of the activities of NVMA while asking for the association to partner with the Lagos Government since the state is the highest consumer of livestock in Nigeria.

The keynote speaker was Prince S. J. Samuel, Chairman of Origin Tech Group, who encouraged veterinarians to consider human health, climate change, and modernization to enhance public health and improve their practice.

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The outgoing president of NVMA, Dr. Olutoyin Adetuberu, encouraged members to leverage emerging opportunities to tackle new challenges, ensure food safety, and sustain a bond between humans and animals.

The Congress elected new NVMA National Executives, which include Dr. Moses Bolarin Arokoyo as President, Dr. Dauda Garba Bwala as Vice President, Dr. Samson Agbese Attah as Secretary General, and Dr. Gloria Daminabo as Assistant Secretary.

Others include Dr. Lydia Lucas Chagwa as Financial Secretary, Dr. Madaki Baba Nuhu as Treasurer, Dr. Simiat Titilola Adeogun as Publicity Secretary, and Dr. Olutoyin Catherine Adetuberu as ex-officio.

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