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Oyo Butchers Commend Govt as Ibadan Central Abattoir commences operation

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Butchers in Ibadan metropolis under the auspices of the National Butchers Union of Nigeria (NUBN) have lauded the Oyo State Government for the resuscitation of the abandoned Ibadan Central Abattoir which commences full operation on Monday.

The butchers, in their separate interviews, lauded the state government during the official ceremony held at the facility to commemorate the commencement of operations.

The NUBN South Western Coordinator including Kwara, Alhaji Biliaminu Elesinmeta, said that the commencement of operations at the abattoir was a welcome development, noting that the project would create more than 1000 jobs and ensure hygienic meats are produced for peoples’ consumption.

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According to Alhaji Elesinmeta, “the commencement of operations on this facility is worth being celebrated. This abattoir is the best in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa. It is a little bit stressful to move from one house to another, but we will in conjunction with the government talk to recalcitrant members on why they must move to the facility. I am sure my people are law-abiding and would comply with the directive.”

In his own speech, the Oyo State Secretary, National Butchers Union of Nigeria (NBUN), Mr Lateef Olagoke expressed joy that the abattoir was officially inaugurated, saying “Government has directed us to move down to the this place and you can see the turn out today. We will ensure that our members comply with this directive.”

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He commended the Ajimobi-led administration in the state for ensuring that the place was completed and functional, stressing that the union would make efforts to ensure hygienic meat is supplied to the people.

Speaking, the Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion, Oyo State, Mr. Yinka Fatoki, said that the commencement of operations at the abattoir was another milestone, explaining that the state government, local government, partners and butchers have agreed to work together in the interest of the state.

Fatoki said that there was no legal slaughter slab or abattoir in Ibadan since 2014 on account of unsanitary circumstances of the major slaughter slabs like Bodija, Aleshinloye and Gege, stating that the situation necessitated the structuring and birth of the facility.

He promised that government would offer butchers micro-credit loan and assist them in acquiring meat vans, saying, “this is a state of the art facility and unarguably the most modern abattoir in West Africa. This is a plus to the Ajimobi-led administration,” he said.

He assured the public that the facility would be coordinated by professionals to ensure hygienic meats are produced, noting this facility will be moderated by relevant agencies of government including the Veterinary Doctors who were back after four years off the facility.

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In his own speech, the Veterinary Doctor in charge of the facility, Dr Ibikunle Akanbi, led some other professionals on anti-mortem of some cattle to certify their health fitness, adding that any of the cows discovered to be unfit would be condemned and later incinerated or buried.

The Ibadan Central Abattoir located in Amosun Village area of Akinyele local government is a facility operated on Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the project belongs to Oyo State Government, the 11 local governments and LCDAs in Ibadan as well as a private firm, C & E Limited.

The official inauguration of the abattoir featured prayer sessions and symbolic slaughtering of two cows by Mr. Kehinde Tewogbade, Coordinator, NUBAN, Oyo State Chapter.

 

 

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Boko Haram conflict causing misery to millions 10 years on

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Ten years since the beginning of a violent insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the living conditions for displaced people are continuing to deteriorate at an alarming rate due to inadequate and overcrowded facilities. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) calls for increased efforts to improve their living conditions and prevent an imminent cholera outbreak.

Ten years after the first attack launched by the armed group Boko Haram, more than two million people remain displaced from homes in northeast Nigeria, the highest number of any time over the last decade.

“Every week, people continue to flee violence and insecurity in northeast Nigeria. Many settle along the roadside or on empty strips of land, devoid of proper sanitation and water points,” says Eric Batonon, Country Director at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Nigeria.

Hundreds of thousands of people are living in overcrowded displacement sites far below international minimum standards and without proper access to latrines and clean water. Some have put up shelters made of wooden sticks and pieces of ripped fabric. These improvised shelters provide no protection against wind or rain and offer almost no privacy or security. Many don’t even have a door – leaving women, men and children highly vulnerable to intrusions and attacks.

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More than 180,000 people are currently in need of shelter in Borno State with many sleeping in the open or in deplorable makeshift homes. As the rainy seasons gets underway, fears of another deadly outbreak of cholera are looming. Last year, 10,000 cholera cases were confirmed along with 175 recorded deaths, although the real figure is likely to have been much higher.

“People in Nigeria need safe pathways back to their homes and much better living conditions in the meantime. Displacement sites are dangerous, chaotic and entirely unsuitable for children. It is critical to decongest these overcrowded sites, provide people that have been forced to flee with safe, dignified facilities and prevent another deadly cholera outbreak,” Batonon adds.

The NRC is calling on donor countries to increase their financial support for relief to families trying desperately to survive in one of the world’s most volatile regions.

“Ten years on, it is harrowing to see families still crowding into make-shift shelters with inadequate drainage systems to remove rain water. The global humanitarian community, local and national authorities have to do much more and much better to improve the lives of these people,” says Batonon before concluding: “The world needs to scale up the relief work and send a message of hope to the more than seven million people in need of humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria. After a decade of conflict, we need to show them that they have not been forgotten.”

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Over 200 Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom In Zamfara – Police

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The Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Usman Nagogo says over 200 victims of kidnap have been received from their abductors in the last three weeks in the state.

Nagogo made this known at a news conference in Gusau on Monday.

The police chief  said  the bandits willingly returned and handover the victims to him as the leader of a peace and reconciliation initiative recently set up by Governor Bello Matawalle.

He explained: “Since the beginning of the peace and reconciliation initiative team assignment about three weeks ago now, we have received over 200 kidnap victims from Fulanis and Yansakai.

“We have sat with all the warring factions and they have understood that peace is the most important aspect of growth and development which is why they willingly return the victims,
“and await the promise made by the governor to re-establish grazing reserves, build hospitals and veterinary clinics, provide good drinking water and other amenities at Fulani settlements.

“At the moment, all the factions go to the markets that were closed due to the armed bandit activities while farmers go to the farms without any hindrance or threats,”.

The commissioner of police who urged residents to continue to pray for the success of the peace process and sustenance of peace in the state, cautioned politicians against politicising the effort so as to allow security agencies carry out their operations without diversion.

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Some of the rescued victims told newsmen at the police command that they were tied like animals and without any shelter against rain or sun.

Some of the victims spent more than seven months in the hands of their abductors.
After their rescue, the victims were camped at the Government House, Gusau, where they received medical and psycho-social support services before they were reunited with their families.

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Corps Member Serving With Channels TV Dies In Shiite, Police Clash

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Unfortunately, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, is dead.

The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.

The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.

They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.

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