Oyo Government Shuts Pharmacy Over Alleged Unlawful Veterinary Practices

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The Oyo state government has taken action to close down FinRel Pharmacy Supermarket and Bakery in Olorunsogo, Ibadan, for purportedly violating multiple veterinary regulations, including the Oyo State Veterinary Practicing Premises Registration Regulation 2018, Oyo State Private Veterinary Premises and Veterinary Establishment law, 2017, and the Animal Diseases Control Act, 2022.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, supervised the premises’ closure on Monday in Ibadan. He disclosed that FinRel was allegedly running an unauthorized veterinary pharmacy and providing unapproved Veterinary Clinical Services. These actions, he emphasized, could jeopardize public health.

The Commissioner, represented by Deputy Director (Monitoring), Dr. AbdulRrazzaq Lawal, clarified that this measure aligns with the Oyo State Government’s dedication to preventing and containing disease outbreaks. He emphasized that the government remains steadfast in safeguarding the lives and properties of its citizens.

Barrister Olasunkanmi stressed that the government’s actions are not intended as a witch-hunt but rather as an endeavor to uphold the integrity of veterinary service provision within the state.

He stated, “Our surveillance revealed that the premises owner was operating an unauthorized veterinary pharmacy and offering Veterinary clinical services without the requisite registrations with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria and Oyo State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. These activities contravene the law and involve the use of unapproved locations for the sale of Veterinary products, as well as the treatment of sick animals, posing potential health risks to humans due to the risk of contracting zoonotic diseases from the premises.”

The Commissioner further underscored that the Oyo State government remains resolute in preventing individuals or groups from pursuing their self-interests at the expense of the state’s overall health and safety.

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