The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has reportedly directed butchers in the 11 Local Government Areas of Ibadanland to relocate to the multi-billion naira central abattoir by the end of April.
The governor gave the directive during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the House of Chiefs, at the Secretariat in Ibadan.
According to The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the multi-billion naira central abattoir is located in Amosun Village in the Akinyele Local Government Area in Ibadan. Butchers were led to the meeting by the South-West Coordinator of the Butchers Association, Biliaminu Elesinmeta, and the association’s state Chairman, Azeez Alagunfon.
He stressed on the state-of-the-art facilities that would promote the hygiene of meat consumers and even help the incessant clashes between herders and farmers.
The governor explained that the abattoir was a joint venture among a private establishment, C & E Consulting Ltd, the state government, the butchers association, and the 11 LGs and 14 Local Council Development Areas in Ibadanland, noting that the facility will have health and sanitary officers that will ensure strict compliance with the basic hygiene of meat handling.
Ajimobi however appealed for the support and understanding of the butchers to comply with the relocation order, saying the facility had suffered neglect for too long due to unresolved issues among stakeholders.
The butchers have however expressed gratitude to the governor for allaying their fears about the project, commending his support to them through financial empowerment and donation of a new bus.