In its resolve to protect the health of the populace and ensure they consume certified animals by Veterinary personnel, Ogun State government has set up a special task force comprising officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, to clamp down on the illegal livestock sellers across the State.
Leading the Special Task Force to some livestock markets in the State, the Director, Veterinary Services, Dr. Taiwo Jolaoso said, the step became necessary to safeguard the health of innocent citizens, who buy ram and goat for consumption, oblivious of the health status of such animals.
He explained that ‘’individuals who want to sell livestock must be licenced to do so at an authorised market by the government, where Veterinary personnel are on ground to check the health status of the animals. Also during festive period like this, many sellers bring animals for sale from other states, even outside the country,
and many of which have diseases, just as most human diseases are contracted through animals’’.
He advised all unauthorised operators and interested sellers to visit Department of Veterinary Services for modalities on registration before embarking on it or face the wrath of the law.
The Chairman of Olomore Sheep and Sellers Association, Alhaji Shakirudeen Ayilara, lamented how illegal operators have crippled their rate of turnover in the business, expressing delight at government’s intervention at this season.
Press Officer, Ministry of Agriculture