By Enakeno Oju
Dr Gidado Muhammed, a Deputy Director in the Department of Livestock of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has warned Nigerians against poaching and caging birds.
Muhammed told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that birds carried disease organisms that were harmful to human beings.
``Some people keep them as ornamental birds while some people keep them for economic reasons. They believe that when you cage birds some people will be interested in buying them.’’
According to him, these birds are endangered species that should be allowed to fly around.
He stressed that people should be aware that these birds carry some organisms that could cause infection while flying from one country to another.
Muhammed recalled that the 2006 outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza was evidence that birds carry infection from country to country.
He, therefore, underscored the importance of adequate surveillance by governments.
Muhammed, who is also the Head, Compensation, Avian Influenza Control and Human Pandemic (AICP) unit at the ministry, observed that the ministry had been collaborating with state governments to carry out targeted surveillance.
According to him, the blood of domestic birds is periodically taken to determine whether there is a transmission of any dangerous virus from wild or migratory birds.
He noted that the East Africa-West Asia flyway and the North Atlantic flyway were the two migratory bird routes that passed through the country. More....