Butchers in Ibadan metropolis under the auspices of the National Butchers Union of Nigeria (NUBN) have lauded the Oyo State Government for the resuscitation of the abandoned Ibadan Central Abattoir which commences full operation on Monday.
The butchers, in separate interviews, lauded the state government during the official ceremony held at the facility to commemorate the commencement of operations.
The NUBN South Western Coordinator including Kwara, Alhaji Biliaminu Elesinmeta, said that the commencement of operations at the abattoir was a welcome development, noting that the project would create more than 1000 jobs and ensure hygienic meats are produced for peoples’ consumption.
According to Alhaji Elesinmeta, “the commencement of operations on this facility is worth being celebrated. This abattoir is the best in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa. It is a little bit stressful to move from one house to another, but we will in conjunction with the government talk to recalcitrant members on why they must move to the facility. I am sure my people are law-abiding and would comply with the directive.”
In his own remarks, the Oyo State Secretary, National Butchers Union of Nigeria (NBUN), Mr Lateef Olagoke expressed joy that the abattoir was officially inaugurated, saying “government has directed us to move down to the this place and you can see the turn out today. We will ensure that our members comply with this directive.”
He commended the Ajimobi-led administration in the state for ensuring that the place was completed and functional, stressing that the union would make efforts to ensure hygienic meat is supplied to the people.
Speaking, the Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion, Oyo State, Mr. Yinka Fatoki, said that the commencement of operations at the abattoir was another milestone, explaining that the state government, local government, partners and butchers have agreed to work together in the interest of the state.
Fatoki said that there was no legal slaughter slab or abattoir in Ibadan since 2014 on account of unsanitary circumstances of the major slaughter slabs like Bodija, Aleshinloye and Gege, stating that the situation necessitated the structuring and birth of the facility.
He promised that government would offer butchers micro-credit loan and assist them in acquiring meat vans, saying, “this is a state of the art facility and unarguably the most modern abattoir in West Africa. This is a plus to the Ajimobi-led administration,” he said.
He assured the public that the facility would be coordinated by professionals to ensure hygienic meats are produced, noting this facility will be moderated by relevant agencies of government including the Veterinary Doctors who were back after four years off the facility.
In his own speech, the veterinary doctor in charge of the facility, Dr Ibikunle Akanbi, led some other professionals on anti-mortem of some cattle to certify their health fitness, adding that any of the cows discovered to be unfit would be condemned and later incinerated or buried.
The Ibadan Central Abattoir located in Amosun Village area of Akinyele local government is a facility operated on Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the project belongs to Oyo State Government, the 11 local governments and LCDAs in Ibadan as well as a private firm, C & E Limited.
The official inauguration of the abattoir featured prayer sessions and symbolic slaughtering of two cows by Mr. Kehinde Tewogbade, Coordinator, NUBAN, Oyo State Chapter.