Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA moves to end unwholesome meat haulage

The FCT Administration has disclosed that it was intensifying effort towards ending unwholesome meat haulage, which it says poses mortal danger to consumers in the nation's capital. 

Towards this goal, the administration has unveiled assorted customised vehicles, fitted with stainless steel facility for the transportation of fresh meat in the territory. 

Unveiling the new meat haulage system, in Karu and Dei-Dei abattoirs, the secretary of the Agric and Rural Development Secretariat of the FCTA, Hon. Stanley Nzekwe, said it was criminal for people to engage in unwholesome handling and movement of meat, giving its attendant health risks. 

Nzekwe warned that henceforth, operators of any meat haulage vehicle, tricycle, motorcycle or even bicycles in the FCT that are without stainless components, would be arrested and prosecuted. 

He recalled that the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, had directed relevant agencies to improve and upgrade the standard of abattoirs in the FCT. 

According to him, although the motorised haulage system is not the best, but it was necessary to start from somewhere, as long as it is geared towards enhancing the quality of meat for human consumption. 

He stressed that stakeholders in the sector must key into the new system of meat haulage, or face rustication, and or prosecution as the case may be. 

Furthermore, the ARDS boss noted that some butchers hide outside the territory, where they slaughter all sorts of animals, not satisfied as safe by veterinary officers and are conveyed to FCT markets for sales to unsuspecting buyers. 

Earlier, Head, Veterinary Services of ARDS, Dr. Regina Adulugba, explained that the system will not only improve the quality of meat, but bolster fortune of stakeholders in the sector. 

On his part, the chairman, Meat Haulage Association, Karu Abattoir, Alh. Sule Isa, described the new system for the transportation of fresh meat as a welcome development, and thanked the administration for the intervention in enhancing activities in abattoirs, reiterated the need to ensure strict compliance with the order.   

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