The Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Oyo state chapter has hailed the Oyo State House of Assembly over the passage of the Dogs (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Speaking at the conference room of the Assembly on Tuesday, the Chairman of the association, Dr Dayo Adejuyigbe said the 9th Assembly is dynamic and has proven once again that Oyo state is truly the Pace setter state.
Adejuyigbe said with the passage of the bill, the 9th Assembly has helped to increase the awareness and to prevent the transmission of rabies and other diseases.
He also drew the attention of the Assembly to happenings at the Abbatoir at Akinyele local government saying meat inspection is not being done regularly. He said that there is a need to employ more veterinary doctors adding just 14 veterinary doctors are working with the state government.
Insideoyo.com recalls that Oyo Assembly in a bid to check dogs indiscriminately attacking unsuspecting persons and making vaccination of dogs mandatory passed passed into law the Dogs (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
According to the law, every owner of a dog is mandated to ensure that his or her dog is kept under proper control to prevent an attack on outsiders and unsuspecting visitors.
And it is mandatory for a dog to be vaccinated against communicable diseases including Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Rabies, and obtain a certificate of vaccination from a qualified animal health practitioner.
While speaking, member representing Ogbomoso North constituency, Honourable Wumi Oladeji thanked the association for deeming it fit to appreciate the Assembly.
Oladeji who commended the speaker for being gender friendly said the glory for the success of the bill is for the whole Oyo state House of Assembly.
“We want to appreciate you for coming. You have appreciated the good work being done by the House. I need to tell you this morning that your being here, recognizing us as a House will motivate us to do more in our quest to serve humanity.
“Before going further, I want you to appreciate the Speaker of the House for me. Being the only female Honourable in the House of Assembly, he has been gender friendly and other male colleagues too, they always welcome any idea I brought to the Assembly. In this House of Assembly, there’s no gender discrimination. The good people of Ogbomoso North that sent me to this House do not see me as a woman because they believe there’s virtually nothing that they are doing that I can’t do too.
“We want to welcome you and thank you immensely for coming. I need to say again that, the glory is for the whole house, it’s not for me alone. If this bill is brought to the House of Assembly and they didn’t allow it see the end of the day, nothing can be done by me. They have been cooperating with me and ensuring my work see the light of the day.” she said.
Also speaking, the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Adebo Ogundoyin, thanked the Chairman of the association for his remark about the Assembly adding that it will motivate the lawmakers to do more.
Ogundoyin assured the association that all the issues raised will be looked into especially the inadequacy of Veterinary Doctors working with the state government.
He also assured them of continued support adding that they will be contacted for any matter and whenever their inputs are needed for the development of the state.
The visit which also witnessed the formal presentation of the the passed Dogs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was graced by other lawmakers, namely Honourable Peter Ojedokun, Chairman House committee on Agriculture and Honourable Femi Okedoyin, Vice chairman of the committee.
Other members of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association that followed the chairman included Dr Ibikunle Faramade, the General Secretary and Dr (Mrs) Ibitoye Foluke, Ex-officio member.