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Niger Govt Bans Use Of Tyres, Plastics To Process Meat

Posted: Nov 13, 2015 at 11:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie, Minna

For fear of contamination, which could lead to the outbreak of diseases, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has ordered an immediate stop to the use of tyres and other robber products to process meats at the abattoirs. The abattoirs in Minna, the state capital, where meats consumed within the metropolis and its environs are slaughtered have been in deplorable condition, posing serious health hazards due to the filthy nature of the surrounding.

Governor Bello had during his electioneering between March and April this year expressed worry over the deplorable condition of not only the Minna abattoir but others across the state and promised to change their unhygienic status as soon as he gets into office.

Speaking when he received a report from the nine-man committee set up to advice the state government on how to improve on the hygienic conditions of abattoirs across the state at Government House, Minna, Bello said that he acted fast to prevent disease outbreak.

During a visit to the abattoir, Bello said that he could not stop wondering how safe meats slaughtered in such an unhygienic slaughter slab and surroundings could be hence his decision to save Nigerlites from impending danger of meat contamination from smoked robber products.

“Using tyres and other robber products to smoke the skin of cows, goats and sheep slaughtered on a daily basis is not good. Besides, the harmful chemical used in the manufacture of the tyres are transferred to the animal skin popularly called ponmo, a delicacy relished by a section of Nigerians,.”

Bello said that the floor where the animals are slaughtered is also an eye sore.

“We cannot afford to continue to endanger the lives of our citizens hence the need to introduce modern hygienic methods of processing meat for human consumption,” he said.