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Central abattoir MD issues stern warning to livestock dealers

Jun 22, 2015, 11:01 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Managing Director of the Central Abattoir (Kanilai Farms Ltd) in Abuko, Kebba Toumanding Sanneh, has expressed dismay over the attitude of certain livestock dealers, who usually buy animals from certain individuals without authentic documentation.

“This attitude must stop as it is creating a lot of problems at the central abattoir,” he said, adding that any animal that is brought to the abattoir must be accompanied with proper documentation.

Mr Sanneh was speaking in an interview with this reporter at his office in Abuko on Friday.

Without that, he said, dealers would not be allowed to enter and sell the animals; instead the very animals would be seized and the matter be reported to the police station in Abuko for proper screening.

He said if anybody is found wanting, the law would take its course.

According to MD Sanneh, the Central Abattoir has been facing numerous problems of selling animals without documentation, which he said is unacceptable.

MD Sanneh said they would never give up in intercepting people selling animals without proper documentation at the Central Abattoir.

As MD for the abattoir, his aim is to work for the betterment of all those coming to the abattoir to ensure proper security of their animals.

Mr Sanneh further said he would not allow any animal to be taken to the abattoir without authentic documents.

He said whether the animal is leaving the abattoir or being taken in, the person must produce a document showing ownership of the animal.

“I am issuing a stern warning to all livestock dealers to make sure they get authentic documents for their animals, before bringing them into the abattoir,” he said.

According to MD Sanneh, the Central Abattoir should be protected from all unscrupulous people, as it is the nation’s only abattoir.

“We are here to serve the nation and, therefore, we should endeavour to make sure that everybody is happy with the work at the abattoir,” he further stated.

He said there are laws which are meant to protect everybody doing business at the abattoir.

Regarding the frequent cases of theft at the abattoir, Mr Sanneh said such incidents are now under control, as there is maximum security at the abattoir.

He said they are trying to put mechanisms in place to maintain proper security for the betterment of all livestock dealers.

Mr Sanneh seized the opportunity to thank the police at Abuko through the station officer, Mansa Mballow, for their tireless efforts in ensuring that criminals that steal animals and sell them at Abuko Central Abattoir are arrested and dealt with.

He commended the police for their commitment and dedication, which was all geared towards nation building.

He said the police are very helpful to them, and the management of the abattoir is working with the police hand in hand together with the abattoir security to ensure rampant theft becomes a thing of the past.

According to the MD, policing would not be left in the hands of an individual, but it has to be a collective responsibility to ensure criminals are under control, and cases of theft are reported to the authority for action to be taken against the culprit.

Some of the livestock dealers who spoke to this reporter expressed appreciation in joining the main central abattoir, which has provided them maximum security in their livestock dealing.