By Bamidele Moses
In a bid to boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Osun State Government yesterday issued out new policy on slaughtering of animals across the sttate.
The government at the end of peace meeting with members of Butchers Association of Nigeria said as from Friday, Ist of April, 2016, it will be collecting a sum of (#500) Five Hundred Naira for every live cattle sold; one thousand naira (#1,000) will be paid for every cow slaughtered while Two Hundred Naira (#200) only will be paid for every sheep, goat or pig slaughtered.
The government said further that all animals meant for public consumption including animals for ceremonies must be slaughtered only at Government approved slaughter slabs.
The Coordinating Director of Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement, Dr Oluwabukola Aluko said these decisions were arrived at an interactive session between the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the Butchers Association.
Dr Oluwabukola Aluko also disclosed that butchers and canteen operators must cooperate with meat inspectors from the Veterinary Services Department of the Ministry in order to make sure that meat for public consumption are thoroughly inspected and that all butchers must cooperate with government in her efforts in developing the state.
He then pointed out that appropriate penalties await anybody who violates this government policy decision.
In a related development, the state government yesterday kicked off a two day free medical treatment for the elderly persons aged 60 and above.
The Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Engr Olusegun Aduroja, said the programme was organised by the Department of Community Medicine, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Osogbo .
The Permanent Secretary, who made it known, implored all the people concerned to make themselves available for free medical treatment on minor ailments such as cough, malaria and cold among others.
He, therefore, enjoined the elderly ones to visit the Comprehensive Health Centre, Ibokun for the free treatment and further pointed out that should there be any serious case(s), there is provision for instant referral services.