Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Government has charged Agencies and Organisations operating in the State to adopt standard procedure in disposing poisonous substances and contaminated products.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo stated this when the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association led by its National President Dr. Edgar Amos Sunday paid her a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Dr. Banigo decry a situation where an Agency of Government would dump poultry meat declared unhealthy for human consumption in an unethical manner and warned that the State Government would not tolerate any action that are injurious to the health of its citizenry.
She however assured that the State Government had taken necessary steps to check future occurrence of such incident and enjoined Veterinary Medical Practitioners to collaborate with Government to boost Agriculture particularly livestock farming, stressing that Nigeria can produce enough food for local consumption and export.
Dr. Banigo noted that the State Government places importance on Agriculture in the scheme of things as a veritable instrument of Job creation for the teeming unemployed Youths in the State.
“We have arable land and water to harness our potentials in crop production, fish and livestock farming. We can produce enough for Local consumption and export.” She declared.
She commended the Association for their choice of Port Harcourt for their conference and hoped that it would come up with far reaching resolutions that would positively affect the lives of Nigerians.
Earlier, the National President of Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Edgar Amos Sundaysaid the Association will partner the State Government in preventing and controlling animal diseases such as Avian Influenza Ebola and other animal diseases.
Dr. Sunday, commended the Governor Wike-led administration for the tremendous successes recorded within a short period in office, especially the operation “Zero Pothole” project and appealed to the State Government to employ more Veterinary Doctors into the State Civil Service to help check zonatic diseases and food security in the State.