The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), on Saturday, said its president, Professor Bello Mohammed Agaie, has died of complications from the novel coronavirus in Sokoto State.
Professor Bala Muhammad, chairman of the Federal Capital Territory branch of the association, made the announcement in a statement in Abuja.
Muhammad said Agaie died on May 12, in Sokoto, the state capital.
According to him, Agaie worked hard to raise support with mobilisation of over 1,000 volunteers for response against COVID-19 infection in the country.
In his tribute on the life and time of the deceased, Muhammad described the late president as a “Veterinarian, Academic and Professional Par Excellence”.
“Fresh from NYSC, Agaie was employed as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS), in June, 1994.
“He rose steadily through various levels of academic ladder to the post of a Professor and Clinical Consultant on Pharmacology and Toxicology in October 2012, with special interest in Chemotherapy and Toxicology.
“His research interests included ‘Safety and Efficacy of Medicinal Plants;’ ‘Phytotoxicology’; ‘Heavy Metals toxicology’; ‘Antimicrobial Drug Resistance’ and ‘Mitigation of Lead and Plant Poisoning’.
“During his time at UDUS, Agaie taught and groomed undergraduate and post-graduate MSc and PhD Medical, Veterinary and Medical Laboratory students and was most loved and cherished by his students in these medical fields at the University until his demise,” he said.
Muhammad said the late Professor belonged to several professional bodies, including; International Association of Veterinary Editors, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Commonwealth Veterinary Association, Academic Staff Union of Universities, West African Society for Pharmacology and American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
He said until his demise, Agie held the position of NVMA national president for almost four decades.
Muhammad said Agaie brought his wealth of experience, youthfulness, intellect and love for all, irrespective of creed or tribe, as well as good leadership qualities in the affairs of the association.
He said the deceased was survived by his wife, five children, numerous relations, friends and professional colleagues.