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Abia State Governor Orders Closure Of Abattoir/Cattle Market In Aba

By Chigozie Chuks

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has directed the immediate closure of the abattoir/cattle market and Ahia Udele located at Waterside River area of Ogbor Hill, Aba.

In a statement by Abia Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Kalu on Thursday, “the Governor also directed the Ministry of Homeland Security to work with relevant security agencies in ensuring compliance.”

Kalu explained that the closure was as a result of “the sad and shocking incident” of a loaded trailer losing control and falling into the abattoir.”

“All those currently doing business in the markets/abattoir should immediately relocate to the following locations: New Omuma Uzor Abattoir in Ukwa West; and good Morning Market, Aba, for those currently in Ahia Udele,” the statement said.

“While we mourn with those who lost loved ones in the unfortunate incident which occurred earlier today, it is important to state that the Ministry of Trade and Investment had long commenced processes to relocate the markets in line with public health advice received from Ministry of Environment and other relevant agencies,” the statement added.

According to the Governor the new abattoir will soon be completed.

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