The Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, through the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD), Nigeria, swung into action to curtail the recently reported outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country. The first line of action was to organize a training workshop for Pig Value Chain operators in Lagos State from 3rd – 5th November, 2021, with the objective of building capacity along the Pig Value Chain to enhance the implementation of biosecurity measures. In attendance were State Directors of Veterinary Services (DVSs) of Abia, Lagos, Ogun and Lagos States along with their Pig Value Chain Operators (7 per State), the Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria (CVON), staff of Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and FAO-ECTAD.

Advocacy visit by the CVON and FAO-ECTAD team (from right to left: Dr Guy Gerard Kouame, FAO-ECTAD Team Lead; Mr. Hakeem Adeniji, Permanent Secretary, MOA, Lagos State; Ms. Abisola Olusanya, Honourable Commissioner, MOA, Lagos State; Dr Olaniran Alabi, CVON/Director, DVPCS, FMARD; Dr Ayo Majekodunmi, FAO-ECTAD; Dr Columba T. Vakuru, AHSC, REDISSE Project, DVPCS, FMARD, and Dr Rasheed Macaulay, DVS, Lagos State. 3rd November, 2021.

The training workshop involved technical sessions with presentations on updates of ASF situation in Nigeria, how ASF spreads along the pig value chain, socio-economic impact of ASF, discussions and interactive session between the participants and the CVON etc. Also, there was a courtesy visit by the CVON and the FAO-ECTAD team to the Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture, Lagos State, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Hakeem Adeniji. The purpose of the advocacy visit was to commend the State on their efforts so far in the control of ASF and to intimate them about the training and the need to support in the provision of facilities to ensure better biosecurity around pig farm settlements in the State.

A cross-section of the participants at the ongoing ASF training workshop in Lagos State. 3rd November, 2021

Participants at the on-going training workshop. 3rd November, 2021