The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) says its 2019 congress would focus on entrepreneurial development of its members.
Dr Fadipe Oladotun, the National Secretary of the NVMA, who spoke in Abuja, said that the five-day congress would sensitise practitioners on how to earn decent livelihood in order to be self sustaining.
Oladotun said that the 56th National Congress tagged “Kogi 2019’’ would take place from Oct 7 to Oct. 11 in Lokoja, with the theme: Veterinary Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development in Nigeria: Challenges and the Way Forward.
“A lot of people are jobless, seeking for employment and government, as part of its responsibility, has created an enabling environment for people to look inward for self-sustenance.
“Government cannot employ everybody. We have seen the trend which has shown that government is concerned but no matter how concerned they are, there’s nothing they can do than to create this enabling environment.
“What we are seeking to do is to make sure that we enlighten veterinarians on what they can do to be self-sustaining and self-dependent.
“We are not only targeting the unemployed, but also those who are in service because one day they will retire and need something to fall back on,’’ he said.
The NVMA scribe noted that veterinary doctors ideally should not be looking for government jobs because once they are trained as veterinarians, they have been given access and the tool to work with.
“However, the challenge with many of us is the take-off capital. We need money to help us move forward, to take that bold step forward,’’ Oladotun said.