Richard Ginika Izuora
Edo State Government has restated its ban of donkey meat in the State, warning that it would not hesitate to prosecute offenders.
The warning followed arrest of four women for allegedly selling donkey meat at the New Benin Market.
The Government insisted that donkey meat is not approved for consumption in the state.
But the Chairman, Association of Edo State Practicing Butchers, Adhere Odijie claimed the donkey meats are smuggled into Benin City from Agbor in Delta State.
According to him, These donkey meats have not been in the market in Edo State for a very long time; but information got to us this morning that they have brought the meat into the city at about4.00 am this morning; we swung into action and were able to confiscate this large quantity of donkey meat,” .
Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr, Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, who led a team of operatives to make the arrests said; “This is an issue of food safety. In Edo state, donkey meat is not approved as one of the meats that we consume but our people still indulge in it. We will take all necessary steps to ensure that we eradicate its consumption in Edo State.
He assured that the government will continue to ensure that we pursue those involved in the business. So that we will bring them to justice; because it is not right for us to provide food that is not healthy for our people.
The Assistant Director, Department of Veterinary Public Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Peter Osagie, also informed that donkey meat is not part of the meat legislated for human consumption in Edo State.