By Solomon Ayado.
The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has explained that the life expectancy of the people of the state is below 50 years because of varied health challenges.
Ortom stated this in Makurdi while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after he inspected the dilapidated abattoirs in North Bank, under the River Benue Bridge and in the popular Wurukum Market.
According to him, the health condition of the places was seriously deplorable and not in anyway fit to be regarded as modern animals slaughter slabs that produce meat for public consumption.
Ortom explained that the visit became imperative due to constructive media reports on the poor health condition of abattoirs in the state. He, however, said his administration was committed to providing adequate healthcare delivery system.
“My visit to this abattoir today has made me to see things for myself and I must say that what I have seen here is amazing and pathetic. I now know that the life span of our people is below 50 due to serious health hazards.
“I have taken notice of the health hazards here, using tyres to roast animals that produce the meat for public consumption. This can pose grave dangers to the health of the people,” Ortom stated.
The governor further stated the desire of his administration to relocate the abattoir to properly designated sites and to upgrade the slaughter slabs to abate the health challenges posed by the place.