Minna – The Niger Chapter of National Butchers Union of Nigeria (NBUN) has called on Chanchaga Local Government Council to fix the two boreholes at the Minna abattoir.
Alhaji Garba Kwabo, the state Secretary of NBUN made the call on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna.
Kwabo said that the boreholes would ensure proper hygiene and the butchers’ handling of meats for the public.
“We have three boreholes and only one is functioning which is inadequate for a modern abattoir such as Minna abattoir.
“We use water to clean the meat we sell to the public. Without enough water you will not get clean meat.
“If we don’t wash our slaughtering implements and the drainages very well, soon there may be an outbreak of disease in the abattoir,’’ he said.
Kwabo said that it was the local council’s is constitutionally mandate to take responsibility of sanitary and environmental hygiene as well as to provide enough water in the abattoir.
“The local government authority use water tankers to supply water in order to complement the only functional borehole; but it is still inadequate,’’ he said.
Kwabo also said that the union was working with the state Ministry of Fisheries and Animal Resources in its commitment to deliver only healthy meat to the public for consumption.
“The ministry sends health officials to inspect our animals and if any animal is not healthy they make sure we don’t slaughter it for consumption,’’ he said.
The Unions Secretary said that the boreholes were over 15 year old, adding that two of them were donated by two politicians and the third one built by the local government.
He said that before the recent economic recession in the country, over 100 cows were slaughtered daily at the abattoir but only 60 were now slaughtered daily.
In a recent interview with NAN, Kwabo had appealed to the state government to institute a policy to compensate its over 25,000 members for loss of unhealthy animals. (NAN)