Saturday, October 13, 2018 12:08 am
The Edo State Government has shut three abattoirs across Benin City over the unhygienic environment in which they operate.
The affected abattoirs include the ones at Ramat Park, Lucky Way Junction in Ikpoba Hill; Goat Slaughter House at Evbuotubu Junction, Upper Ekehuan Road and Goat Slaughter House at Aduwawa Cattle Market.
The clampdown was carried out by a combined team comprising officials of the Committee on Abattoir Management Control, headed by Dr. Joseph Odiaua and Office of the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Security and Surveillance, Mr. Emmanuel Orukpe.
Orukpe said that the State Government is concerned about the well-being of residents, and will not mortgage their health as a result of the attitude of unscrupulous businessmen who do not prioritise health and good hygiene in their operations.
He said the State Government will not hesitate to close more illegal abattoirs and regulate activities of slaughter houses to guarantee public safety, noting that this commitment prompted the government to set up the committee on abattoirs to ensure total compliance with standard operating procedures.
He said: “These abattoirs were shut down because of the environmental hazards and failure to meet with required operating facilities, amongst other considerations,” adding that the committee was using the incident to reiterate the warning to all those still operating illegal abattoirs in the state to desist from the practice forthwith.
The committee assured members of the public that efforts have been stepped up to monitor slaughter houses and ensure that their produce fit human consumption.