By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has deployed at least 100 workers to vaccinate no fever than 100, 000 goats and sheep in all six area councils of the Territory.
Accordingly, the over 100 trained staff mobilized for the exercise will be moving from one community to the other, in collaboration with the area Council’s veterinary departments, to ensure its success.
Fagging off free vaccination programme in Karshi, the Secretary, FCTA Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Hon Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, explained that the exercise was meant to safeguard sheep and goats in the territory against any disease.
According to him, the vaccination exercise, which is completely free would not only safeguard the animals against diseases, but as well make them healthier and resistant to any disease, while the farmers would have no fear of losing his animal.
Nzekwe explained that the exercise, which is ongoing, would continue for two weeks, in all the six area councils’ veterinary departments and at the FCT veterinary clinics.
“We have enough vaccines for the sheep and goats in the entire six area councils of FCT. So if we have over 100, 000 goats and sheep, we will vaccinate them.
“This is because, apart from the vaccines we provided, we also collaborated with the federal department of veterinary and the Veterinary Council of Nigeria to provide the vaccines,” he said.
While appealing to farmers in the territory to make their goats and sheep available for the exercise, the ARDS boss said the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, had given his approval since last year, for the employment of more veterinary doctors.
This, according to him has made it possible for the secretariat to reach more farmers for the ongoing exercise.