FCTA bans use of scrap tyres to singe animals
The use of scrap tyres to singe animals meant for human consumption has been banned in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The FCT administration said the ban became imperative to avert what it called deadly health consequences associated with the practice.
It also announced its plan to engage the Agro Rangers Squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC to help provide security for farmers in the territory against threats posed by bandits fleeing into its fringes from its contiguous states.
It added that provision had been made in the 2022 budget for the procurement of 12 tractors for the six area councils in the territory to boost farming and ensure food security in the wake of constant influx of other Nigerians into the territory.
Mandate Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat in the FCT, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, described the development in the abattoirs as an embarrassment.
Local butchers in abattoirs often use scrap tyres as substitutes for firewood to singe slaughtered ruminants.
The secretary said officials of the FCTA would pay greater attention to the abattoirs to prevent such unhealthy practices.
Ibrahim said: “The issue of FCT abattoirs has become an embarrassment to the administration and as a sign of my commitment and determination to address this issue, the first two projects I visited were Kugbo and Karu abattoirs.
“We want to ensure that we do the needful by first ensuring that water is provided in the abattoirs round the clock because, when we visited the Kugbo Abattoir, we found out there was a water challenge and my predecessor did a lot in that regards,” he stressed.