Oyo Govt’s PPP Policy On Amosun Central Abattoir, Unconstitutional, Unlawful – SPN

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Placard carrying members of the National Butchers Union (NBU) from the eleven local government areas in Ibadanland on Sunday.

By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) in Oyo state on Tuesday described the  Private Partnership Programme (PPP) policy of the state government on the running of the Ibadanland Central Abattoir at the Amosun village in Ibadan as “unconstitutional and unlawful”.

The party in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan signed by its state Chairperson, Comrade Kolapo Oladapo, and Secretary, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun declared that was no basis for  the 50 percent given to  private persons under the PPP arrangement.

The party maintained that ” the initiation and adoption of the PPP model for the management and control of abattoir either by Alao Akala-led regime or Ajimobi-led administration are quite unlawful regardless of whatever  it was subjected to a review or not.”

The attention of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Oyo State Chapter, has been drawn to the reaction of the Oyo State government to its press statement issued over the crisis that erupted over the management and control of abattoir in the state. The argument that the PPP model for the abattoir was muted by Alao Akala-led government was just a flimsy excuse”,it said.

SPN added in the statement that
“asides the fact that the same Otunba Alao Akala is one of the APC policy makers in the state at this moment, the adoption of the so called PPP model for the Amosun abattoir and the way the Ajimobi-led government is vicious with the decision to shut down all the abattoirs located across the 11 Local government in Ibadan in a bid to force all butchers to relocate to the new abattoir, obviously suggested that there is an ulterior interest behind the whole issues around the relocation.”

SPN emphasized that, ” one would have expected the same government to outright reverse the PPP model especially once it is clear that such a model is unlawful” saying, “Section 1 (e), fourth schedule of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the establishment, maintenance, and regulation of slaughter houses, slaughter slabs, markets, motor parks and public conveniences are clearly stipulated to be statutory function of the local Governments councils.  Neither is such a function of that of the state government nor any private partners”.

According to SPN ” if the Ajimobi-led government could reverse the salary scale introduced by Alao-Akala-led government for the payment of salaries and allowance of the Oyo state workers after his electoral defeat in 2011 election, the reversal of the establishment of the unlawful abattoir under a PPP arrangement by the same Alao-Akala-led regime shouldn’t have been a difficult task to be undertaken by Ajimobi-led government.”

” At the same time, it can ensure that the fund often generate  from these abattoir are invested to uplift the hygienic standard of the abattoirs without any unnecessary relocation, if truly the interest of the APC-led government as claimed by its spokesperson is the provision of a better hygienic condition for both the butchers and general public”.
If truly politics is being played with the issue around the management and control of abattoir in the state which has resulted into loss of life and several million naira worth of properties, the APC-led Oyo state government is more liable to be accused of that”

“It is in the light of this, that SPN calls on Ajimobi APC-led government to stop throwing blames and respect the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria which suggest an end to its undue interference in the affairs of abattoirs in the state while 100% stake of the abattoir should be owned by the local government council under a committee of elected representatives of butchers, community and the local government

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