Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Meat handling: Agric secretariat moves to enforce regulation

The Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat of the FCTA has restated its resolve to enforce hygienic meat handling practices in abattoirs across the territory.

The acting secretary of the secretariat, Mr. Ibe Chukwuemeka, made the promise during an unscheduled inspection visit to abattoirs in Karu and Kubwa.

Chukwuemeka expressed concern over frequent complaints of unhealthy practices in the processing of meat distribution describing it as unacceptable.

The secretariat he maintained will no longer condone activities that constitute hazards to the public, disclosing that it is working towards introducing new measures to enhance effective monitoring of activities in the abattoir.

“Going forward, we will be introducing new measures that will enable us monitor every activity taking place in the abattoirs, from the point of meat inspection and supervision by our Veterinary Officials to compliance to hygienic processes by the butchers in the abattoirs, as well as introduce new technologies to strengthen the surveillance to address reports of the use of tyres to roast meat as well as drug peddling.”

He appealed to the butchers to desist from the use of unclean bare floors in the butchering of meat, advising them to make use of thick leather sheets to prevent contamination.

Addressing the issue of environmental sanitation and pollution, he said the Secretariat is working in collaboration with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, as well as engaged the services of reputable cleaning services companies for cleaning and evacuation of waste in the various abattoirs.

The construction of incinerators according to him will also help in effective waste management.

On the state of facilities, Mr. Ibe assured that the Secretariat is doing its best to rehabilitate the existing structures, while equally making efforts to attract the participation of private sector.

He however appealed for the cooperation of the Area Councils in improving services in the slaughter slabs. “You will recall that under the instructions of the Minister of State FCT, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, the secretariat held discussions with officials of the 6 Area Councils to stress the imperative of doing the needful in terms of facilities and practices in the slaughter slabs.”

 

 

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