It was great celebration in the community of Nigeria Veterinarians and other health professionals to hear that a fellow Nigerian Vet practitioner, Dr Gani Enahoro has been elected as the World Veterinary Association (WVA) Councillor for Africa in the 2017-2020 executive council.
It is important to note that this is a record-breaking feat as it is the first time in the history of the 154-year-old organisation that a Nigerian will be representing Africa as a councilor. The outgoing councilor, Professor Maria Antonieta Baptista, is from Angola.
Dr. Enahoro is not a newcomer to great achievements and awards. As an Edo State-born private veterinary practitioner, he has consistently shown himself as an exemplary professional in his field of work. In 2011, he was been honored as the “Role Model of the Veterinary Profession in Nigeria” by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. in 2011. Subsequently in 2016, he was the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta for his “Excellent contributions to veterinary enterprises in Nigeria.” Also, in March 2017, he was given the distinguished alumnus award from his alma mater, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Furthermore, he was a past national president of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), 2011-2013 and currently Vice President, African Veterinary Association (AVA) since 2014.
In the written official notification of his appointment as the Councillor for Africa, the WVA Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium, stated that “Following the outcome of the 2017 WVA elections, I’m delighted to inform you that you were elected for the position of WVA Councillor for Africa for the 2017-2020 term. Your term in office will start on August 30.”
Dr. Enahoro contested along with two other candidates, Dr Clive Peter Marwick from South Africa and Dr Berhanu Admassu Abegaz, an Associate professor from Ethiopia to emerge as the selected candidate for this position.
A BIG congratulations to him! We wish him a tenure marked with impacts and successes for the field of veterinary medicine in Africa and the world at large.