Assessment of the Environmental Conditions of Abattoirs in Minna, Nigeria
1Olujimi Julius, 1*Akinbode Temitope, and 2Badawi Ibraihim
1Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.
2Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria.
Environmental conditions of abattoirs in Minna, Nigeria was examined by assessing the level of facilities available, the extent of environmental damages, and the implications of operational activities of the abattoirs on the neighbouring communities. Multi-stage sampling technique was used for the questionnaire administration. Field data were collected by administering two different sets of structured questionnaires to abattoir operators and residents around the sampled abattoirs. In-situ observations and photographs of interesting scenarios were taken to support part of the findings. Analysis was done using descriptive statistics. The findings revealed that most of the abattoirs were inadequately equipped, un-hygienically managed and weakly regulated, which resulted to negative environmental impacts on the neighbouring land uses. Proper management, improvement on the design of the abattoir and ensuring good regulatory policies among others were suggested to reduce the negative impacts of the abattoirs.
Keywords: Abattoir, operating standard, environmental pollution, waste management