OYO STATE INTRODUCES DIGITAL CERTIFICATION FOR CHICKEN CONSUMPTION

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The Oyo State Government has initiated a digital certification process for chickens intended for public consumption within the state. This new system, set to be implemented this month, aims to enhance public health standards by ensuring that chickens are certified fit for human consumption by veterinary doctors.

Companies and individuals involved in the slaughter of chickens for public consumption will be required to present certificates confirming the good health status of each chicken. These certificates will be presented to government officials responsible for enforcing this new policy.

To ensure the effectiveness of this initiative, the state government has engaged Ensapuh Veterinary Services Ltd as the exclusive consultant responsible for conducting veterinary inspections at chicken processing plants across the state. This company, staffed with veterinary doctors, will inspect and certify each chicken to ensure its suitability for human consumption.

Dr. Adebayo Awoyele, the CEO of Ensapuh Veterinary Services Ltd, emphasized that the certification process has been digitized for convenience, speed, and credibility. This process will utilize a technology device called “Meat Guard,” developed by the company for its accuracy and reliability. Meat Guard represents Nigeria’s first and only technology-based veterinary meat inspection solution; aiming to ensure the safety of meat products for consumers and profitability for those in the meat value chain.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, highlighted that public health is the primary focus of this initiative. It seeks to determine the conditions under which poultry are produced for human consumption and assess the meat’s suitability for consumption. The automation process introduced by Ensapuh Ltd is expected to eliminate human errors and undue influence; streamlining the meat certification process.

To facilitate the adoption of this initiative, the government is actively engaging with stakeholders to ensure their understanding and support. There is existing legislation supporting this effort, but the government is prioritizing dialogue and collaboration to protect public health.

As part of the implementation, chicken processing plants will be required to pay a nominal fee for the certification of each meat product intended for sale to the public.

Some of the questions asked is, with the presence of NAFDAC and SON, which are responsible for the quality control of food and other products, what specific contribution is this digital certification bringing into chicken consumption that those federal organisations do not have? Why is the certification process monopolised, and why is it assigned to a private organisation and not a state owned organisation? Another popular comment is that the move is evidently a means to rip the people off of their hard earned money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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