Ahead of the forthcoming Sallah celebration, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced the sensitisation of butchers in abattoirs and livestock markets across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
Speaking during a visit to Karu Abattoir at the weekend, acting secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Mr. Ibe Prospect Chukwuemeka, explained that the sensitisation was aimed at creating awareness among butchers so as to minimise the risks of COVID-19 transmission in the abattoirs.
Chukwuemeka said that the secretariat has directed its animal health officials to ensure that all stakeholders complied with the protocols, adding that the administration would not leave any stone unturned in the fight against the pandemic.
He informed the butchers and members of the public that the guidelines in livestock markets and abattoirs were aimed at safeguarding the lives of the populace.
“As Sallah celebrations approached, people will want to buy livestock and there is a need to avoid overcrowding during the hustle and bustle of this period, in a bid to meet up with the seasons demand. In the light of this, our animal health officials, as well as livestock officers have been fully mobilized to enforce compliance.”
The acting secretary also appealed to FCT residents and butchers to cooperate with government to curtail the spread of the virus, even as he revealed that the administration is working towards ensuring a proper and modern abattoir system that would be befitting for the FCT.
Responding, a representative of the chairman of Karu Butchers Association, Mallam Mustapha Catcher thanked the administration for its efforts in combating the pandemic, stating that the association has set up a task team to ensure that members complied with the safety measures.