Daily Trust (Abuja)

5 October 2011

Nigeria: Direct Labour Initiative Puts New Abattoir in Nasarawa

Lafia — A direct labour job initiated by chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Area in Nasarawa State, Barrister Mohammed Sani Bawa, is expanding and upgrading the township abattoir there, in what he said "would bring hygiene and accommodate all butchers."

The job entails rehabilitation, expansion and upgrade of the facility, running about 2,000 square metres to accommodate a large number of butchers. Work has been steady on the project which targets standard finishing with modern slaughter slabs, according to the chairman who spoke to Daily Trust, yesterday.

Work started on the facility in 2010, but his administration was truncated alongside side 12 other local government councils, by the administration of former governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, who cited controversial constitutional amendment to push him out of the council. A civil servant was sworn in to man his post, marking the abandonment of the project, with residents and butchers continually rising up against that administration, raising voices on the need for the completion of work to ease hardship there.

Barrister was reinstated by the present governor, Umaru tanko Al-Makura in June, in compliance with a court judgement he (Bawa) had attracted from the High Court in Karu, marking the period for the return of work on the facility.

"I returned into office, to face anger from residents and butchers, all insisting that the facility must be completed. Butchers are suffering because there is hardly space for them to operate there. Buyers are complaining that there is no hygiene there. The facility is old, and inspite of our maintenance effort, it needed expansion, and upgrading. that is what we are doing now", he said.

He said work has reached over 80 percent through direct labour, which cost, he said "would only be known after work has completed; you know, it is not contracted out; it is direct labour - we are spending wisely, though, to ensure quality job there."

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