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Lagos govt threatens to shut down abattoir



Lagos govt threatens to shut down abattoir

The Lagos State Government on Monday threatened to shut down the Oko-Oba Abattoir over poor management.

It warned the concessionaires managing the Abattoir to comply with their agreement to manage the facility well in accordance with proper hygiene culture.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, sounded the warning when she inspected the abattoir. “We are very much concerned about the implication of consuming unwholesome meat.

“We cannot toy with the lives of over 21 million Lagosians, and that is why as part of our proactive measures, the state government will not condone any act of uncleanliness and lawlessness in meat processing and delivery in the state,” she said.

She also averred that attention would, therefore, be given to all areas of the food supply chain.

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Olusanya said emphasis would be placed on the consumption of wholesome meat by the citizens.

“The Lagos state government is now encouraging private investment in the meat value chain with the licensing of more private investors to establish mechanized and semi-mechanized slaughtering and processing facilities in the state,” she said.

Olusanya, also maintained that constant monitoring, compliance, and enforcement would, in turn, prevent the spread of diseases, promote data collection for planning and promote good animal welfare, to make Lagos a safe place for all inhabitants. She said it would also discourage environmental pollution and health hazard.

“Government has decided to promote and benchmark its reforms against international best practices.“It is committed to improving the conditions of the abattoir, access control, waste management, sanitation and removal of illegal structures,” she added.

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