The Delta State chapter of the National Butchers’ Union of Nigeria on Wednesday bemoaned the rate at which Delta State was becoming a dumping site for donkey meat also known as Jackie.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the butchers union, Comrade Toju Awala, during a chat with news correspondents in Pessu Market in Warri South Local Government Area.
Awala, who also holds the position of chairman of the Warri branch revealed that the majority of the donkey meat originated from Agbor to Warri and Udu markets as early as 4 am every morning.
According to him, the development has hampered their business, and this was mostly by persons who deal in donkey meat, as well as those who operate private abattoirs in several parts of the state.
Awala frowned at the state government, claiming that they were not helping matters, as they were yet to carry out any significant actions despite the several petitions that had been written to the Ministry of Agriculture in Delta State as well as the Warri South Local Government Council, seeking their assistance for the development of the abandoned abattoir in Pessu market, so as to ensure that what people consume is regulated.
He disclosed that the only response received from the government is that the issue is before the Delta Assembly for debate on whether Donkey meat is fit for consumption. He called for the government’s support in the fight against those involved in selling donkey meat.
“Delta State has become a dumping site of Jackie. It is not supposed to be. We are advising them. They should desist from it and those who normally go to the forest and buy from their hand, it is not good for consumption.
“They should desist from it. Come to the abattoir approved by the government, public place, and buy meat.”
Awala said he observed that the dealers do not slaughter donkeys in the government approved abattoir in Pessu market, Warri.
According to him, “We operate in government abattoir here. As far as government abattoir is concerned, we have veterinary doctors on ground who monitor the cows before slaughtering. Even the slaughtering, they monitor it.
“Those people who deal on Jackie have a private abattoir they operate in. Most Jackie come from Agbor down to Warri to Udu markets.
“My state chairman, Comrade Akusu, who lives in Agbarho,we met, we set up a task force on this issue. We got some group of people along Ughelli road by NEPA there. They have a hideout there. We had to put ourselves together to monitor,” Awala said.