Strike by Nigeria’s veterinary doctors won’t cause outbreak of animal diseases- Official

The veterinarians commenced strike on February 3.

Contingency arrangement had been put in place to tackle any outbreak of animal diseases and other emergencies following the nationwide strike by Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions, ASURI, an official has said.

The Executive Director, National Veterinary Research Institute, NVRI0, Vom, Plateau State, Mohammed Ahmed, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

He stressed that the strike would not cripple production at the institute.

“The strike has no much impact on our activities since most of the productions are done by our technicians both on the farms and in the laboratories.

“These technicians will go out in case of any outbreak of disease. We have people on ground to tackle such emergencies.”

He said some veterinarians, heads of divisions and other management staff of the institute were not involved in the strike.

Isaac Ogo, the union’s Chairman in NVRI, had said on Thursday in Jos that the industrial action was total and that no member would work.

He said the union wanted immediate release of conditions and schemes of service by the government, which was negotiated with relevant ministries and agencies for nine years.

According to him, the union also demanded the restoration of the skipping of a grade level, which had been the practice because of the rigorous nature of academic staff training and practice.

The chairman said the strike, if not addressed, would have overwhelming negative effect on veterinary activities.

The union had on February 3, embarked on indefinite strike to compel the Federal Government to implement the agreement it signed with the union.


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