Residents of Gbarnga, Bong County are raising questions over the reported burning of alleged expired cartoons of chicken, claiming they received no proper information from the Ministry of Commerce’s county office about the exercise before reopening a business center that allegedly kept the expired chicken.
Recently, a police officer reportedly discovered over 50 cartoons of expired chicken at the National Frozen Food Center Branch #4 in Gbarnga.Our county correspondent says the unnamed officer is said to have subsequently informed the Ministry of Commerce about the alleged discovery so that it could take further action.
According to our correspondent, following investigation by the Commerce Ministry’s inspectors, the Ministry reportedly announced that there was 15 cartoons of chicken that were expired, but not 50 cartoons as was being speculated.
The Commerce Ministry’s Bong County Chief Inspector Gondlee Manbia told journalists that he had put in place measures to ensure the burning of the 15 cartoons of expired chicken.“We investigated the situation and later burned all the 15 expired cartoons of chickens that we discovered,” Inspector Manbia told our correspondent.
According to our correspondent, two days after the Ministry of Commerce announced that it was going to burn the expired chicken, the National Frozen Food Center branch #4 where the alleged expired chickens were allegedly kept, had reopened.
The reopening of the business center is said to have stirred up more questions among some residents who claimed that they did not receive proper information from the Ministry’s county office on the burning of the alleged expired chicken.
Some of the citizens mostly women have accused the Commerce Inspector in the county of allegedly failing to inspect major business centers in the county.But the Commerce Ministry’s county office in Bong denies the claim, saying it is only intended to denigrate the office of the inspector.
However, our correspondent adds that the Business Manager Jerremy Mulbah told journalists that the expired chickens were turned over to the Ministry of Commerce.According to Mulbah, during the burning exercise, they invited ELBC’s correspondent in Bong to witness the event, but our correspondent says the state radio’s correspondent in the county also denies being part of the reported burning exercise.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan–Edited by Winston W. Parley