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ARDS Ag. Secretary inspects abattoirs in FCT
• Reassures residents on improved services

Oct, 2021 | By Oluwakemi Ajiboye | ||

The Acting Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) Mallam Ishaq Abubakar Sadeeq has expressed the commitment of the the FCT Administration to embark on measures towards improving abattoir operations in the Federal Capital Territory.

Mallam Sedeeq made this remark during an assessment visit to projects under the Secretariat in the 6 Area Councils of the FCT. According to him, as the Administrative Capital of Nigeria and the mirror of Nigeria, the services provided in the abattoirs should be in line with global best practices.

While reiterating the need for butchers to adhere to hygienic meat handling practices, he called on the Veterinary Doctors not to relent on their primary responsibilities of daily meat inspection and surveillance activities to ensure that only meat certified to be safe for consumption are sold to the public.

In his words, “Our Veterinary Doctors have no doubt been trying their best but they will need to put in more efforts in ensuring compliance. We have to ensure that the butchers not only comply with hygienic practices but also ensure timely clean up of abattoir waste”

He used the opportunity to call on livestock farmers and other pet owners to patronise the newly commissioned Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Nyanya for treatment of their animals stressing that the laboratory is fully equipped with state of the art equipment and a veterinary pharmacy where they can access quality animal drugs and health care

At the Kado fish market, the Acting Secretary observed that the market is big enough to be a cash cow for the Administration in terms of revenue generation. The Secretariat he said will make a case for it at the management level so as to be able to harness the full potentials inherent in the market towards the attainment of improved revenue generation and livelihood for both the farmers and the FCT populace as a whole.

Other facilities visited during the tour were the various warehouses and Agro-service centres vandalised during the recent Endsars protest where he gave assurances that the Administration is working towards the rehabilitation of the centres.


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