Mr Wale Adedoyin, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security in Osun, on Monday, said the state government would construct six modern abattoirs in different parts of the state.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo, Adedoyin said the abattoirs, when constructed, would ensure safety and quality of meat being sold to the public.
According to him, the state government has also decided to rehabilitate the existing meat production facilities in the state to meet the required standard.
Adedoyin said the rehabilitation project had begun in Osogbo and Iwo Local Government Area of the state, in collaboration with a private firm.
“Gov. Rauf Aregbesola has laid the foundation while the construction is expected to be completed in 15 months,’’ Adedoyin said.
The commissioner said the government would create employment opportunities for graduates and non-graduates through the project.
He pointed out that some veterinary officers had been employed by the state government as part of efforts to ensure the success of the project.
“Government’s intervention in the sector has informed the employment of nine veterinary officers and supporting staff for inspection of the abattoirs to ensure safety,’’ Adedoyin said.
According to him, the state government is committed to boosting the economy of the state as well as ensuring hygienic meat production for the public. (NAN)