By Kalada Jumbo
The Oginiba slaughter market in Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout has been shut down with the approval of the Rivers State Executive Council.
All forms of trading activities in the abattoir are consequently expected to stop, going by the directive of the council at its meeting that was presided over by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Fred Kpakol, while briefing journalists after council meeting, said a new project of government has been designated to be sited at that land in Trans-Amadi.
According to Dr. Kpakol, all occupants and those doing business in the slaughter are advised to pack out of the premise within the next one month.
“The slaughter in Trans-Amadi, Port Harcourt has now been permanently closed down and all trading activities have been directed to cease forthwith.
“A new project of government will be built at Trans-Amadi (slaughter) soonest. All occupants and those doing business in Slaughter at Trans-Amadi are hereby advised to pack out of that land and premises on or before one month as government intends to do a new project in that area.”
Dr. Kpakol recalled that at its previous meeting, the State council approved the building of a new abattoir in Mgbuosimini, Rumueme.
He said the new abattoir, which will replace the slaughter in Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout, will be an automated facility.
“The new abattoir will have the capacity to slaughter 400 cattle as well as 1500 goats and sheep in a day. The modern abattoir will be world standard and will be set up in an hygienic environment.
“The modern abattoir to be built in Mgbuosimini in Rumueme, is a modern abattoir, fully automated with the state-of-the- art facilities. It has a meat mart, administrative building, internal roads, shore protection, veterinary clinics and laboratories that will check the animals before, and also the tissues when being slaughtered.”
The Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Zacchaeus Adangor (SAN), also briefing journalists, explained that banning of all trading activities at the slaughter market by the State government is in exercise of its right under the law.
He said all the users of the market will be moved to the new abattoir to be constructed by the Rivers State Government.
“The entire land comprise, lying and situate at slaughter market in Oginiba, Trans-Amadi is state land. The Rivers State Government reserves the absolute right to decide on the use and otherwise of that land.
“In exercise of its right under law, governor has decided to ban all trading activities at that slaughter market and the users will be moved to the new abattoir to be constructed by the Rivers State Government.”
Information and Communications Commissioner Paulinus Nsirim further explained that the decision to shut the Oginiba slaughter and build a modern abattoir in Mgbuosimini, Rumueme is in line with Governor Wike’s new Rivers’ vision.