Ondo Vows To Clamp Down On Illegal Abattoirs


Ondo State Government has vowed to clamp down on illegal abattoir and meat slab operators in the 18 local government areas of the state.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Adegboyega Adefarati made this known on yesterday in Akure while sealing off the premises of an illegal abattoir in Shasha Market on Akure/Owo Expressway.
According to Adefarati, the abattoir owned and operated by one Alhaji Sambawa, is located close to a public toilet and the expressway, making the meat unhygienic for consumption.
The commissioner explained that several warnings had been issued to the operator “but he turned a deaf ear”.
Adefarati, who noted that more than 70 per cent of the diseases that affect humans come from animals, said that government would do everything possible to safeguard the health of the people.
“The meat on their slab here is not safe for consumption as it can be easily contaminated because of the closeness to public toilets and the expressway.
“The operation contravenes the law of the state. It causes us a loss of revenue aside from the danger it poses to the public, and we will not fold our arms and watch them kill our people.
“We, therefore, warn all owners of illegal abattoirs and meat slabs operating in unhygienic environments to close shop or face the wrath of government.
“We also urge all unregistered private abattoirs to register with government for approval before slaughtering animals for sale,” the commissioner said.

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