The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Tuesday banned the use of rickety vehicles and motorcycles popularly known as Okadas for the haulage of meat in the Federal Capital City, Area Councils and Satellite Towns.
The administration also directed the Police, NAFDAC, Abuja Environmental Protection Board FRSC, Directorate of Road Transport Service to enforce the new policy and resolved to partner with private investor to build Ultra-Modern Abattoirs in the capital territory
According to the Administration, the mode of meat haulage henceforth will now be through dedicated meat vans and special purpose-made tricycles with meat haulage compartment.
The Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, made this known while launching the first phase of the FCT Meat haulage Programme at Karu Abattoir in Karu, Abuja.
Akinjide, who was represented by the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Olvadi Bema Madayi, said the new policy was part of measures to ensure wholesome meat consumption in the FCT.