Lagos certifies state abattoirs as safe

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suara reviews reports of the Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance Unit on the status of the Lagos abattoirs.

The Lagos State government  has described the state of abattoirs and slaughter slabs in Lagos as clean, safe and secured.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suara said this at his office in Alausa, Ikeja while reviewing reports of the Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance Unit on the status of the state’s abattoirs, noted that the government takes the issue of food security seriously and is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that foods made available to residents for consumption are hygienic and wholesome.

Highlighting measures put in place by the State government to ensure that only wholesome meat are consumed in the State, the Commissioner said that the State government has upgraded existing slaughter slabs in Ikorodu, Matori, Ilaje and Ejigbo to semi mechanised abattoirs while the Oko Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex, Agege have been rehabilitated to ensure that operations at the complex meets international standard .

Suara stated that the State Government has also banned the use of motorcycles  for meat transportation within and outside abattoirs stressing that the Ministry of Agriculture is continuously enforcing this ban in all abattoirs and slaughter slabs.

“We are also enforcing the use of specialised meat vans for meat transportation within the State and permit me to note that there has been an upgrade in the means of transportation from the previous Eko air cool to Eko refrigerated meat van,” he said.

“This still remain the only approved means of meat transportation in the State and not moribund as claimed. We are also enforcing the use of specialised vehicle for live animal transportation”, Suarau said.

The Commissioner explained that the State government has commenced the development of mini modernised Abattoirs at various locations across the State through Public Private Partnership arrangement.

According to him, “The present administration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode is encouraging public private partnership in the meat value chain by licensing more private investors to establish mechanized and semi-mechanized slaughtering and processing facilities.”

Suarau stressed that State government is also training and re-training butchers and live cattle dealers drawn from various abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the State on current trends in abattoir management.

This, he said was part of effort aimed at ensuring and maintaining a hygienic and conducive environment within abattoirs and wholesomeness in the red meat value chain business.

While reiterating the State Government’s commitment on zero tolerance on illegal abattoirs, he vowed that government will not condone any act of illegality and harmful health practices in any of the abattoirs in the State as sizeable numbers of veterinary officers, animal workers have been deployed to abattoirs to ensure that the minimum set standard for animal slaughtering and processing are adhered to.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim