Minna - Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on
Thursday announced the ban on use of tyres and plastic materials to process
meat for consumption, following health hazards emanating from such practices.
The governor said this when the nine man committee on
improvement of abattoirs in the state submitted its report at Government House,
"The use of tyres and other materials to process meat must
stop in Niger state due to health hazards from such practices.
"We should introduce other modern hygienic methods of
processing meat for consumption,’’ he said.
He said that during his electioneering campaigns, he saw the
deplorable condition of abattoirs across the state, hence the inauguration of
the committee by government in July to recommend ways of improving them.
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"Our abattoirs are in deplorable condition aside the
slaughtering of meat there are environmental hazards coming from them,’’ Bello
The governor said that government would engage Private
/Public Partnership arrangement to improve abattoirs in the state.
Bello then set up another committee involving government
officials and stakeholders to implement the recommendations of the committee.
Earlier, Dr Mohammed Kudu, chairman of the nine man abattoir
improvement committee recommended ban of illegal materials for processing meat.
Kudu urged the state government to license all slaughtering
facilities in the state as provided in the law.
The committee recommended that all slaughtering slabs
outside the main township abattoirs should be shutdown.
He said that government should train butchers and other
stakeholders in the modern ways of slaughtering and handling meat before
The committee also recommended long term measure of
constructing 17 new abattoirs and short term measure of rehabilitating 11
abattoirs across the state.