The Association of Butchers Mararaba chapter, Nasarawa State has called for support from he government and other relevant authorities to come to their aid by connecting the abattoir in the area to electricity to reduce the cost of operation. The plea was made by Alhaji Umar Bayawa, the Financial Secretary of the association, on Sunday in Mararaba, according to him it was expensive running the abattoir on generators. Umar stated that the call for provision of electricity in the abattoir was to ensure regular pumping of water. Bayawa said, butchers are presently spending an average of N5,000 daily to fuel generators to pump water in the abattoir and this affects their profits. Bayawa said that the water problem had been addressed, adding that it presently had three boreholes. He said the major borehole was donated by, Mr Gaza Gbefwi, the Member, Representing Karu/Kefi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. In his words “Before, we were not having enough water in this abattoir and a member of House of Reps assisted us to address the problem by sinking a borehole. “There is enough water in the abattoir presently, but the only problem we have is that we do not have electricity to pump the water,”
Also the chairman of the association, Mr Ndala Ibrahim appealed to relevant authorities to establish cold-rooms to reduce wastages in the abattoir. He said butchers were presently faced with challenges of preserving leftover meats, adding that they’ve lost meat worth thousands of Naira as a result of storage/preserving facilities.