The University of Benin’s Center for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) yesterday reaffirmed the role of slaughterhouse operators as crucial, critical and important to people’s wellbeing. Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, the ACTUATE team leader, announced this to journalists in Benin City during a one-day ACTUATE capacity building and awareness workshop for slaughterhouse operators in Edo state, organized by the Center for Global Eco-Innovation.
Ezemonye, represented by Professor Christhopher Emokaro, declared the workshop open and informed the slaughterhouse operators that the day’s event was organized to raise awareness of the use of beef rumen contents from slaughterhouses to produce biogas that is a clean energy alternative.
He remembered how members of the ACTUATE team visited their slaughterhouses to procure beef rumen to feed the biofermenter at the UNIBEN ACTUATE biogas project site. Ezemonye informed the slaughterhouse operators that the collected beef rumen had undergone an anaerobic fermentation process and had started to produce gas (biogas) that was used to generate electricity launch an AD pilot project to take advantage of the technology’s inherent advantages.
Ezemonye also told slaughterhouse operators that in addition to generating electricity from biogas, the quality of their products would also improve as the biogas produced is burnable cowhide, which is much safer and more environmentally friendly than kerosene and tires, which leave harmful residues after use.
This could reduce production costs and increase sales. Dr. In his lecture on the benefits of beef tripe, which he gave in Nigerian pidgin English, Nosa Erhunmwunsee praised the immense contribution of the slaughterhouse operators to the biogas production process at the ACTUATE Biogas Project.
Dr. (Ms.) O. R. Dania in her presentation encourages slaughterhouse operators to take seriously the topic of starting an AD pilot project in their slaughterhouses because of the numerous economic benefits. She added that if cattle tripe were properly managed to create wealth rather than throwing them away indiscriminately, she added that the environment would be protected.
She also said that such pilot projects have the potential to attract grants from overseas donors, especially if such projects serve communal purposes.
The highlight of the event was a tour of the slaughterhouse operators and schoolchildren on the ACTUATE AD site, where detailed explanations and demonstrations of the AD process were given to the delight of the participants.