The Oyo State Government has presented refrigerator meat van to butchers at Amosun Abattoir Market, to prevent the outbreak of disease in the state.
Presenting the van at the state secretariat, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye stated that conveying meat with open vans and trucks is dangerous to consumers.
He said open van meat can be easily contaminated, causing diseases.
The Commissioner stressed that the new van presented will prevent contamination of meat, outbreak of diseases and protect lives and properties in the state.
Barr. Olaleye stated that the presentation was supported by the federal government, through the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
He added that the Oyo State government would soon seek collaboration with butchers and investors to have more vans, adding that this would ensure hygienic meat to the consumers.
According to him, the idea of conveying meats in open trucks, taxis, and van is not hygienic and exposes the meat to contamination, causing outbreaks of diseases.
“All over the world and in the civilized countries, there is usually refrigerated meat vans to convey meat from abattoir to the market. This prevents meat from being contaminated and enhances hygienic meat for the end users”, he said.
He therefore enjoined the union to make judicious use of the van, urging them to support the Oyo state government’s policies.
In his remarks, the Chairman, National Butchers Union of Nigeria, Oyo State Branch, commended the Oyo State Government and the Federal Government for the gesture.
Represented by the Secretary, Comrade Olagoke Lateef, promised the union would make proper use of the haulage van and support the government’s policies in curbing/preventing outbreaks of disease that may emanate from meat consumption.
He equally urged the government to support the union by providing loan to boost their businesses.
Prince Dotun Oyelade,
Ministry of Information and Orientation,
August 17, 2023.