‘Poisonous Cows’: Kwara  Buries Confiscated Meat in Ilorin

The Kwara State Government on Tuesday buried all confiscated meat from the alleged poisonous animals slaughtered for public consumption in the state.

The residents of the state last Saturday raised an alarm over the selling of the poisoned cows to the members of the public. 

The development however prompted the state ministries of Health and Agriculture to rise to the occasion  and confiscate all the poisoned cows in the state.

In a statement  issued on Tuesday signed  by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Funke Sokoya recalled that the state government through the collaborative efforts of the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Environment, and the State Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with other concerned stakeholders including the Iyaloja of Mandate Market, all agreed to suspend slaughtering activities for three consecutive days beginning from yesterday (Monday), to allow for proper fumigation of the slaughter slab against any residual effect.

The statement  stated that, a preliminary investigation on the incident shows that the cause of the ugly incident was as a result of grazing on contaminated grasses around the area.

According to the statement, the Ministry of Agriculture would intensify its surveillance at different abattoirs in the state, especially the private and government abattoirs.

Also, in his submission, the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Olugbon Abdullateef Saliman said, “Private slaughter slabs as it is going, will have to reduce their number to the level that the Ministry could manage. 

“Any slaughter slab that the meat is not  inspected will not be allowed to go out. If the slaughter slab is not following our standard will be closed down, and those closed down will be directed to the government slaughter slabs, any private slaughter slab that is close to the government slab will be directed to go and slaughter at the government slaughter slabs. 

“By this standard, we will be able to monitor what they slaughter and give to the populace”.

Hammed Shittu in Ilorin 

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