#BounceExclusive: How Hygienic Is The Gombe Slaughterhouse?
For most people in Gombe metropolis, patronizing the central abattoir to buy beef is non-negotiable.
This is because the price of meat in the abattoir is relatively cheap when compared to other places where meat is sold.
Prior to construction of the central abattoir in 2008, residents often patronized road side slaughtering slabs where most animals not certified by public health practitioners, were slaughtered and sold to the public.
However, the sanitary condition and lack of water supply in the abattoir leaves much to be desired of a place that can easily be infested with germs.
To most butchers in the slaughterhouse, this is the opposite of what was anticipated, as the un-certification of animals and the cleanliness of the roadside slabs were reasons the Gombe central abattoir was built.
The purpose is for easy monitoring and evaluation of the wholesomeness of meat slaughtered and sold to the public.
Years into the commissioning of the abattoir for public use, the sanitary condition at the slaughterhouse, is far less from what the government intend to address.
Wet blood stains mixed with animal dung littered the floor of the main building of the abattoir when Bounce News visited.
No one seemed to be giving a second thought of what the health implication of an unkempt environment might be.
There was absence of public health officials at the abattoir, a problem the chairman of Gombe state butchers’ association Alhaji Kabiru Bala Onye, blamed on the state and local government.
He told Bounce News that the state and local government only remembers the abattoir when it is time for revenue collection.
“We are faced with series of problems in the abattoir, but we have nobody to cry out to”.
The challenges faced by the butchers of Gombe state include; water scarcity in both the central abattoir and the state shambles where meats are being sold to the public.
After the slaughtering, the meat is usually taken to Gombe main market and they are mostly transported with open body vehicles and on motorcycles. Because the meat are exposed, it becomes necessary to wash the meat again to prevent germs.
Onye said the association has succeeded in making sure there is water supply in the slaughterhouse by renovating the borehole and purchasing a generator that powers the water supply.
“For this business that has a stake in public health to adequately be monitored there is need for government to quickly intervene and make sure the slaughterhouse as well as the meat market are given the necessary attention.
“Our counterparts in Bauchi, Borno and Adamawa are not like this, they enjoy full support and attention of their respective governments.”
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