The ECOWAS Commission, and the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) commissioned the first modern integrated small-scale abattoir in Abuja as part of the efforts to develop trade in livestock and meat subsector in West Africa, today September 11, 2023.
The abattoir is one of the milestones of the Innovative Investment Project in Livestock and Meat Value Chain Development in Nigeria cofounded by the ECOWAS Commission and the Swiss Development Cooperation.
It falls within the Support Programme for Livestock Marketing in West Africa (PACBAO), which has been implemented since 2018 under the coordination of the ECOWAS Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) to promote livestock farmers’ access to remunerative markets, thereby making livestock farming more attractive, a source of jobs and income, particularly for young people and women in West Africa.
The infrastructure is located in Giri – Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja (Nigeria) and has facilities such as lairage, killing box, evisceration technology, weighbridge, veterinary offices, processing units, processing facility, 24 hour treated water borehole, a packaging unit, a 25 ton cold room, refrigerated vans, a meat washing unit, meat roasting unit, animal skin preparation unit, bio-digesters, Security house, etc. It also has a training centre for regular capacity building of butchers and other players in the meat and livestock sector.
In addition, the slaughterhouse has waste conversion technology, which converts all waste into biogas and liquid fertilizer. Biogas, in turn, is used for roasting and preparing the skin of animals, unlike the use of motor tires, which have been implicated and associated with carcinogens.
September 11, 2023
Giri-Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria