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Anambra butchers mark end of year, solicit land for permanent site

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ANAMBRA State Butchers Association (ASBA) has marked their end of year party in style with a plea to Governor Willie Obiano for allocation of a sizable land to enable them build a befitting permanent office.

Speaking at the event which held at Ogbunike Town Hall, Oyi Local Government Area, the association’s president, Afam Okeke, said that the maiden event was aimed at unifying and making them a force to be reckoned with in the socio-political activities of the state and beyond.

“Although we have secured a new office apartment but as we are improving our relationship with the state government, we appeal to our hardworking governor to allocate us a land to build our permanent office”, said Okeke.

Moreover, the first and second Vice Presidents,  Francis Okechukwu and  Nkemjika Opara respectively, in their separate speeches, said that the new executive intended to take the association to the next level, where best butchery practices would be adopted by all branches.

The Secretary, Chidi Nnamani, said that the new executive decided to begin with God, with Thanksgiving Service at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Ogbunike, saying that the much they have achieved within a short period was only possible by God’s grace.

However, the occasion’s chairman, Chief Paul Nneli, charged the butchers to maintain their promise of upholding personal and environmental hygiene as they do their meat business to curb the spread of typhoid and other diseases.

Also, owner of Nwakanwa Abattoir, Amansea, Silas Nwankwo scored the new executive high on the transparent and inclusive leadership, saying that he was going to support the vision of the association.

Meanwhile, Chief Amaechi Ilechukwu sued for peace among butchers at Oba, Idemili South LGA, urging the Oba Town Union executive to come to their rescue by allotting a befitting land for abattoir to the association’s branch.

President General, Awka-Etiti in Idemili South, Joachim Okeke thanked the association for contributing to the development of his town but urged them to cut down the price of cattle and discourage sale of dead or deceased meat.

Earlier in his farewell speech, outgoing president, Felix Ikenga, who ensured that about 17 additional abattoirs and vet-approved slaughter slabs were constructed with overhead tanks and reticulations during his tenure, encouraged the new executive to keep up with the vet initiatives of the Ministry of Agriculture.

ASBA Patrons, Philip Nsude, Felix Okpalakunne, Christopher Onyetube, Cosmos Okafor, a former treasurer, Ochanja branch Chairman, Chinedu Orji, Oyeolisa branch Chairman, Onyeka Ikegulu, all thanked God for a successful election without litigations and advised the new executive to live up to their promises.

Other dignitaries that graced the event include; Commissioner for Agriculture and Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Wealth Creation, Nnamdi Onukwuba and Uchenna Okafor respectively, Igwe John Omenyiora of Ogbunike, Chairman Ugwuoba Garki in Oji River, Enugu State, Alhaji Sheriff Ahmed, among others.

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