*Presents Butchers with Refrigerated Meat Van
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government yesterday, presented refrigerator meat van to butchers at Amosun Abattoir Market
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye said the gesture is to prevent the outbreak of disease in the state.
Presenting the van at the state secretariat, the Commissioner pointed out that conveying ” meat with open vans and trucks is dangerous to consumers”, adding, ” open van meat can be easily contaminated, causing diseases”.
The Commissioner emphasized that the idea of conveying meats in open trucks, taxis, and van is not hygienic and exposes the meat to contamination, causing outbreaks of diseases.
“All over the world and in the civilized countries, there is usually refrigerated meat vans to convey meat from abattoir to the market. This prevents meat from being contaminated and enhances hygienic meat for the end users”, he said.
Barrister Olasunkanm maintained that the new van presented will prevent contamination of meat, outbreak of diseases and protect lives and properties in the state, adding that the presentation was supported by the federal government, through the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
He said further that Oyo State government would soon seek collaboration with butchers and investors to have more vans, adding that this would ensure hygienic meat to the consumers.
The Commissioner then enjoined the union to make judicious use of the van, urging them to support the Oyo state government’s policies.
Chairman, National Butchers Union of Nigeria, Oyo State Branch,
represented by the Secretary, Comrade Olagoke Lateef, promised the union would make proper use of the haulage van and support the government’s policies in curbing/preventing outbreaks of disease that may emanate from meat consumption.
The Chairman also urged the government to support the union by providing loan to boost their businesses.