Oyo State Butchers Association will partner with Oyo state government on the feasibility of the proposed centralised abattoir in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
Briefing newsmen in Lagos on Friday, the butchers said after they toured facility of the Lagos State Centralised Abattoir situated in Oko-Oba that would collaborate to ensure that Oyo state floated the same facility.
Led by the Special Adviser to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi on Community Relations, Alhaji Abidemi Siyanbade, the Oyo Butchers were in Lagos to understudy the operations of the centralised abattoir in Lagos.
H e told newsmen that the visit, made at the instance of the governor was to enlighten Oyo butchers and state government on how the Lagos centralised abattoir was operating.
“Today, we have established the fact that Ibadan Central Abattoir in Akinyele Local Government can function effectively and efficiently in a similar manner. We learnt that Oko-Oba Abattoir is the only centralised abattoir in Lagos. We were told that it was only last year that the Lagos State Government decided to establish modular types of abattoir at some areas in Lagos and all, including the Lagos centralised abattoir, are run via a Public-Private Partnership,” he said.
Siyanbade said that the Ibadan central abattoir would soon be functional.
Chairman of Oyo State Butchers Association, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Adekunle, represented by Abdulfatai Adekunle assured that the association would work with the state government to ensure that the centralised abattoir comes to fruition.
“We came to see how they are doing it in Lagos, particularly the mechanised slaughtering model. Today, we are very much impressed with what we have seen. We were exposed to the mechanised and conventional methods; we hope to partner with the government to make our abattoir in Ibadan function well.
“We just have to move forward and from the old way of doing things; we just have to sit down together and agree on some important issues,” he said.