As a resident of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have you ever wondered about the source of the meat you consume? Have you ever imagined the hygienic state of the environment where they are slaughtered?
IVOTESNG team went round Abattoirs in Abuja and its environs. The state they were in calls for serious concern.
From the slaughtering of the cows and goats, to how the meat is transported to the market, poses a serous health risk to consumers.
Health experts have said that there might be health implications occasioned by the handling of meat.
In the course of our investigation, we visited the Abattoir in Kubwa. We discovered that the environment where the animals are slaughtered is not clean enough.
Aside from that, the Abattoir is too small and rowdy; not conducive for the large number of butchers nor the Veterinary doctors it currently houses, meanwhile the big abattoir structure the government had just renovated is just lying abandoned, still waiting to be commissioned.
Our correspondent approached the Veterinary doctors on duty and noted that they were using the small and rowdy place.
A Vet, who asked not to be named, took his time to check the inner parts of all the animals to ensure that none was infected with any disease that makes it unfit for consumption.
Still, there is much to be desired about the general environment of the abattoir, especially some unhealthy practices of the butchers: dropping some parts of the animals on the bare floor outside the Abattoir – parts that they plan to burn the outer skin off, and none of the butchers has gloves on while butchering the animals.
At Suleja, the Abattoir is very dirty and unkempt. Our reporter could not find any veterinary doctor on duty.
The slaughter slabs are soaked with dried blood and those slaughtering the animals were not wearing protective gloves or boots.