Abattoir Defaulters: The Ministry of Agriculture in Rivers State said it would prosecute any person caught operating at the banned Eleme abattoir in the State.
Hon Charles Nwogu, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, who gave the hint in a media parley with newsmen in Port Harcourt, said the ministry has already ordered for the closure of the Eleme abattoir for falling short of the acceptable hygienic standard under the provision of the state meat (Inspection and Sale) law and any defaulter would be seriously dealt with.
According to him, the ministry announced the closure of the slaughter since January 22, 2018 and that report available to the ministry has it that the slaughter slab was still carrying on operation, undermining the order of the State Government.
He said the ministry would not leave any stone unturned to ensure that any person caught carrying out operation at the Eleme abattoir is prosecuted in accordance with the law.
The commissioner recalled that the Eleme slaughter slab was closed down due to various report and inspection carried out on the facility.
He said the report on the slaughter showed that the meat butchers were using polluted water from the stagnant water source to wash meat for consumption.
Other reasons given by the Commissioner includes, use of plastics, scrap motor tyres to burn animal meat and insanitary condition of the slaughter environment.
Nworgu reiterated the ministry’s readiness to rid all slaughter homes in Rivers State of unhygienic environment and use of motor tyres for meat processing.