Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has asked Yoruba people to stop eating beef because the South-West region is losing N2.5 billion daily to the consumption of the meat from cattle.
Governor Akeredolu, who was represented by his special adviser on agriculture, Akin Olotu, stated this while speaking at a meeting with stakeholders in the state’s education sector in Akure.
According to him, the people in the South-West should consider using chicken meat for their ceremonies because it is healthier than beef, and that it will enhance the region’s economy.
He said, “The president said grow what you eat and eat what you grow. I have been a serious advocate and I am reemphasising it, please let us use chicken for our ceremonies.
“Yes, I mean broilers. They are cheaper. I met with the traditional rulers and I told them that those before you have to encourage that.
“Why am I saying this? There is a N2.5 billion beef market in the southwest every day. It means every day in the southwest, we send [The sum of] N2.5 billion out of the south-west? That is the bedrock of poverty in the region.
“We have a region that is not retaining money. Don’t let any politician tell you any abracadabra, if we don’t reverse that trend, we will continue to remain on the same spot.”
This comes a few days after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had banned the consumption of beef and the keeping of cows in the South-East.