The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, in an effort to maintain its status as the nation’s capital, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and lease agreement valued at N1.25 billion with a private investor, Capital Meat Processing Company Nigeria Limited, for the establishment of the ultra-modern Abuja Central Abattoir at Tungan Maje in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT.
NaijaAgroNet gathered that the Minister of State for FCT, Mr. Oluyinka Akintunde alongside the Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mrs. Olvadi Bema Madayi signed on behalf of FCT Administration, while Chairman, Capital Meat Processing Company Limited, Umaru Mutallab, and the Chief Executive Officer, Aliyu El-Nafatu, signed for the company.
Akintunde said that the FCT administration decided to embark on the construction of the abattoir by entering into a public-private partnership (PPP) management to ensure that residents of the territory consumed beef in a conducive and hygienic environment.
NaijaAgroNet also gathered that the project has a completion period of 12 months and it is expected to create about 1,000 jobs, which will include professionals like veterinarians, para-veterinarians, livestock officers, butchers, technicians, labourers and drivers, among others.“When completed, the abattoir will have the capacity of slaughtering 500 heads of cattle and 1,500 sheep and goat per day. In the meat processing and fabrication component, about 40 tonnes of meat would be processed into about 10 number of products, such as sausages, hotdogs, steaks, premium and briskets, among others,” she said.
NaijaAgroNet further gathered that the foreign technical partners of the private investor will transfer meat processing technology to their Nigerian partners, who will be trained in the art of processing, curing, aging, fabrication, storage and packaging of meat.
The Minister explained that the new abattoir would be of international standard and will fulfil all the necessary requirements of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in the setting up of abattoir.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Capital Meat Processing Company Limited, Umaru Mutallab applauded the FCT Administration for its commitment to ensuring that a hygienic environment is provided for meat processing in the territory.