The Esan North East Local Government Council in Edo State has built a modern abattoir and livestock market in the locality to ensure that animals slaughtered for consumption are hygienically fit.
The Local Government Chairman, Mr Austine Okoibhole, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Benin, last Wednesday.
Okoibhole said that this was against the belief in some quarters that the abattoir and livestock market were constructed with a view to relocate the Uromi market.
According to him, the projects were executed strictly for hygiene purpose as well as to boost Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the council.
He said that the council observed that butchers in the locality at times engaged in slaughtering and selling sick and already dead animals to members of the public.
He noted that the situation posed serious health challenge to the residents of the locality if not checked.
“That is why after thinking how best to arrest the situation, we resolved to build a modern abattoir and livestock market, which we have now completed more than four months ago.
“We also observed that the three abattoirs in the locality were grossly unhygienic and unkempt as the stench from them was not only repulsive but you could also see maggots all over the place.
“However even with the good intentions with which we conceived and executed the modern abattoir and livestock market, some persons have introduced political undertone to it.
“A situation which has hindered the commencement of activities at the new place,” Okoibhole said.
He said that old abattoirs had posed security threat to the council as cattle sellers and butchers sleep in the abattoirs after the day’s activities.
He said that the council was not comfortable with the development.
“Some mischievous ones among them can engage in illicit and unwholesome activities unabated and there is nothing we can do because they are not profiled with us.
“With the new arrangement, everybody after his daily business activities will go to his home and on daily basis we can profile every person who comes to the livestock market and abattoir for business,’’ Okoibhole said.
Our correspondent reports that a visit to the old abattoirs namely the Eki Oye abattoir, Eguare near the Onogie’s palace abattoir and the Hausa abattoir revealed very filthy and smelly environment with various forms of debris noticed all round the abattoirs.
Our correspondent who visited the new abattoir and livestock market and observed that 41 shops, a mosque, offices for veterinary doctors, convenience, water, light and a space that could accommodate at least 20 trailers had been provided.
Meanwhile some residents who spoke with newsmen commended the council for the project, saying that it would foster development as well as boost its IGR potential.
Mr Monday Ekpoma, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart and a traditional chief in the locality who simply gave his name as Chief Idemudia responded.
They noted that in spite of the noble intention behind the project, some persons were still reading political undertone to it.
Ex-APGA Scribe, Obasi, Petitions IGP Over Alleged Assassination Attempt
Former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Jerry Obasi, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, over alleged attempt on his life by suspected hired assassins in Ebonyi State.
Obasi in a statement, yesterday, said he was trailed from Nkalagu in Ishielu Council Area of the state by an unmarked, white commuter Hiace bus with tinted glasses last Sunday night while returning from a meeting alleging that the aim was to assassinate him.
He said when he noticed that his life was in danger, he sped up and meandered through different roads immediately he got to Abakaliki, to keep away from the view of those who stalked him.
The ex-APGA scribe said he rode in his Mercedes S-Class and that the suspected assassins immediately followed suit, turning the exercise into a car race of sort to the amazement of onlookers.
Obasi alleged that Ebonyi State governor, Chief David Umahi, has a hand in his ordeal for holding strong opinions against his administration.
“Earlier before this ugly and ill-fated incident of 26 July, 2020, I had received information about an imminent attack on me by Ebonyi State governor’s boys. I called one of the leaders of the boys and he promised to call me for us to meet the following day which didn’t happen. The next thing I saw was this attempt on my life,” Obasi said.
Governor Umahi who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, dismissed the allegations as baseless. He said the governor has never sent any of his appointees or supporters to attack anyone, let alone with the intention to kill.
Community Policing: Shun Compromise, Monarch Charges PCAC Members
The Paramount Ruler/ Nye Nwe Eli, Rumuogba, Eze Temple Ejekwu, has charged members of the Police Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) not to compromise, if they are prepared for the task.
Ejekwu gave the charge during the inauguration of the committee at Mini Okoro Police Station, recently in Rumuogba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Eze Ogba Iji- Nu -Ede, said that the charge became imperative in order to keep the aim of the committee alive.
Dedication and commitment he said are other values the PCAC members must possess, in an attempt to achieve the mission and vision behind the creation of the outfit.
According to him, the creation of the committee would help in no small measure in curbing crime in the rural areas, as its members are grassroot based.
Dr Ejekwu also called on members of the public to feel free and provide useful information to the police and PCAC members and added that crime fighting should be viewed as everyone’s responsibility.
“Security is not one person’s job, so members of the public must provide useful and timely information for the police and PCAC, if they want the group to succeed”, he said.
On the security level of the state, he rated the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike high going by the relative peace enjoyed in the state.
He further charged the committee members to work in line with Governor Wike’s vision to enthrone business friendly environment that would attract permanent investors in the area.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Mini Okoro Police Station, CSP Opayemi Olufunke Isi has reassured members of the public of the police determination to rid the public of crime and thanked the monarch to support for the police.
Bayelsa Promises To Curb Gender-Based Violence, Child Abuse
The Bayelsa State Government has promised to curb all forms of social violence against women and the maltreatment of children in the state.
Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Women,Children and Social Development, Mrs Ayi Ujile stated this during an interview with The Tide in Yenagoa.
She maintained that recently, women through the support of NGOs,women professional bodies and faith based organisations had had to stage protests across various states in the nation to register their grievances against the wanton social Violence’s meted out to them by men in their respective domains.
According to the permanent secretary, following government’s resolve to ending these ill treatments facing women of all age brackets in the state, successive administrations had made concerted efforts in bringing those infringing on women’s rights to book.
Speaking against the backdrop of violation of children’s rights, she mentioned that with the domestication of the Child rights act by the State Assembly last year maltreatment of children and wards will soon be history.
She stressed that the State owned Orphanage home is functioning ultimately, just as she stated that the administrators of the orphanage in consultation with appropriate government ministries had also rescued new born babies from their insane mothers in the streets of the state.
“We’re more than ever willing to stop the menace of social violence against women in this state”, she said.
“We’re aware that very presently women of the state joined their peers from other States to replicate same protest against rape, sexual harassment and other ills meted out to women”, she added.
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