Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Thursday inaugurated the N3.8 billion ultra-modern abattoir at Amosun Village in Akinyele local Government area of the state, with a pledge that his administration would continue to create conducive environment for investment.
The central abattoir, which is meant to serve all the 11 local government areas in Ibadan land, is sited on 15 hectares of land, with provisions for manual and mechanical slaughtering of cattle, pigs, goats and sheep.
Besides, it also has a road network covering about five kilometres within the abattoir, with a parking space that can accommodate over 200 smaller vehicles and 50 articulated trucks.
Speaking at the ceremony, witnessed by butchers in all the 11 council areas in Ibadanland, said the construction of the central abattoir for the state capital was in line with his administration’s transformation and repositioning agenda.
He pledged his government’s readiness to continue to provide all the necessary logistics for the smooth operation of the abattoir.
The representative of the partnering firm, Engr. Kehinde Ahmadu said the operations of the abattoir was designed in line with best practices to ensure proper animal slaughtering and handling in the most hygienic environment.
He added that meat vans for delivery would be allotted to designated locations in all the council areas to enhance efficiency.
In their separate remarks, the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Iyiola Ahmed and the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Akinyele Local Government Council, Mr. Ope Salami appealed to butchers in Ibadan metropolis to cooperate with the state government and take good advantage of the opportunities the new abattoir had offered.
The State Chairman of National Butchers’ Union of Nigeria, Alhaji Azeez Alagufon expressed his members’ readiness to move to the new abattoir with immediate effect, stressing that the project would also provide employment opportunities for more of his members.
Alagufon pledged his members’ support for the second term ambition of Governor Ajimobi, stressing that he (governor) deserved the second chance owing to his monumental achievements in the last three and a half years.