Meat consumers in Kuje Area Council of the FCT on Wednesday raised concerns over the use of stream water for washing of meat in the council’s abattoir.
Some of the consumers who spoke to newsmen in Kuje blamed the total reliance on the stream water by the abattoir operators to lack of portable water.
It was also gathered that the slaughter house was being operated without any functional borehole.
Some of the abattoir operators were seen washing meats in the stream as well as using tyres for roasting of the meat.
Mr Adekule Ajayi, a resident said that the use of stream water for washing of meat and tyres for roasting was not healthy for human consumption.
Ajayi said that the slaughtering of meat without good source of water for washing was not healthy adding that the use of dirty stream water as alternative could worsen the situation.
He called on the relevant authorities to fix the broken down borehole in the abattoir to save the lives of consumers from diseases that could be avoided.
“The state of the abattoir as you can see is not healthy because in the first instance, there is no water to wash the slab after use.
“It is not healthy using stream water to wash meat for human consumption because the water is flowing from places where it has been messed up.
“People defecate and throw all manner of things inside the water before getting to where it is being used for washing of meat for human consumption,” he said.
Mrs Esther Okoro, another meat consumer in the area lamented the use of motorcycle to convey meat from the abattoir to the market.
Okoro said the use of motorcycles to convey meats to market was not healthy and advocated for the use of van in the interest of the health of consumers in the area.
“As it is, it will be difficult for a van to get to the abattoir because of the deplorable state of the road and I am sure that is why the operators have resorted to the use of motorcycles.
“My appeal is for the relevant authorities to fix the road so that vans could have access to the abattoir for easy and healthy transportation of meats,” he said.
One of the operators who pleaded for anonymity said that good access road and portable water had been major problems facing the operation of the abattoir.
The operator said the reliance on stream water for washing of meat was as a result of the breakdown of the only borehole in the abattoir.
He said the borehole had been in bad state for over five years adding that successive administrations of the Council had failed to fix the borehole.