Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has asked for stricter enforcement of the ban on importation of poultry products into the country to boost the nation’s economy.
He said there was need to ban importation and stop smuggling of the products to protect the health of the citizens.
“There is urgent need to stem the importation of frozen poultry to protect as well promoting Nigeria’s poultry sector, environmental and health implications of imported meat are no less grave.
“Imported frozen turkey and chicken are unwholesome meat, which have long term, devastating effects on the health of consumers,” he said.
“The net impact of this is the gradual emasculation of local businesses, resulting in unemployment and stunting growth.
“Similarly, smuggling of contraband items drains our national income, retards local businesses and often results in the demise of our industries.
“Some may wonder if we have the local capacity to fill the supply gap that may be created by this ban on importation of frozen meat,” Gov Ahmed added.