TS targets July to complete its abattoir 2nd phase in Gwagwalada
NNN: The Nigerian National Traders Association (TS) said on Thursday that it aimed to complete the second phase of the ongoing construction of its slaughterhouse in Giri, Gwagwalada Area Council, by July.
TS President Dr. Ken Ukoha had this to say when the Federal Capital Territory Administration inspected the project.
Ukoha said the rapid construction of the slaughterhouse was instrumental in addressing the evils and outdated practices in slaughtering and meat processing in the FCT.
It is worth remembering that TS, in collaboration with the West African Institute for Agricultural Trade and Development (WAITAD), started the construction of a world-class small-scale slaughterhouse in Gwagwalada in 2021.
The project is labeled “Innovative Investment in Livestock and Meat Value Chain Development and Trade.”
It is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation with the Gwagwalada Area Council and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as collaborators.
According to Ukoha, the livestock and meat sector along the West African corridor, particularly the marketing subsector, is plagued with challenges, ranging from archaic slaughter infrastructure, outdated processing facilities, and unhygienic management and environment.
He listed others such as weak distribution networks, inability to compete with imports, and weak ability to attract investment and mobilize youth employment, among others.
The TS president added that the project would be revamped to increase professionalism and profitability through the establishment of better meat processing facilities, environmental hygiene standards and effective regulatory measures.
According to him, this will be a one-stop shop that will mobilize investment and attract job creation aimed at young people through the value chain of livestock and meat.
He highlighted other activities of the center including the installation of a packaging support facility and waste digestion facility, biogas collection infrastructure, a veterinary section and ICT-enabled market linkage.
“In what we have now, there will be a restructuring and in that restructuring we are going to invite merchants who sell condiments that go with meat to make it a one-stop shop.
“The work has really progressed beyond our expectations in the sense that we have reached the ceiling level.
“As it stands now, the government has seen that there is goodwill and progress on our side and the vision needs to be supported and that is what you are seeing today,” Ukoha said.
In her comment, Dr. Regina Adulugba, Director of Veterinary Services of the FCT, praised the project which she described as adequate and modern.
While expressing his satisfaction with the progress made so far, he highlighted the economic importance of the project for the FCT.
Adulugba said the project would provide more jobs for youth and support in promoting clean meat.
“Health is wealth, people will surely get good meat from here and they are providing biogas and organic fertilizer can be obtained from that as well,” he said.
He promised that the FCTA would continue to provide technical assistance to the project with a view to ensuring that it meets its objectives.
“And when it’s done, we’ll send our veterinary doctors to inspect the meat.
“So the economic benefit is huge, it’s a welcome development and I’m excited about it,” Adulugba said.
Source Credit: NAN
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