The Federal Capital Territory Administration, on Thursday, signed a N1.25 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Capital Meat Processing Company for the establishment of a central abattoir at Tungan Maje.
Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, who signed on behalf of the administration, said that 13.4 hectares would be used to construct the abattoir which would be completed in 12 months.
The abattoir would have the capacity to slaughter 500 cows and 1,500 sheep and goats per day.
“In the meat processing and fabrication section, about 40 tonnes of meat would be processed into about 10 products such as sausages, hotdogs, steaks and briskets,” she said.
When fully operational, the project is expected to create a total of 1,000 jobs for professionals such as veterinarians, para-veterinarians and livestock officers as well as butchers, technicians and labourers.
Five mini abattoirs had been established in Garki, Karu, Gwagwalada, Kubwa and Abaji to serve the FCT, pending the completion of the central abattoir.
The approved company was in partnership with Indian Valley, a meat processing company based in Alaska, U.S.
With the development of this meat processing facility, beef production in Nigeria would be taken to a higher level. Umaru Mutallab, the Chairman, Capital Meat Processing Company, signed on behalf of the company.
He averred that the aim of establishing an abattoir of international standard in FCT was to ensure that the public consumed good quality meat and meat products. This would be achieved using acceptable hygienic process with strict adherence to quality and safe regulatory processes. While assuring the minister that the facility would be of high standard, he urged the government to ensure its replication across the country.