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Lagos Sets Standard As Ajegunle Abattoir Takes Off

Lagos Sets Standard As Ajegunle Abattoir Takes Off

Toyin Suarau, Commissioner for Agriculture, Lagos State

The Lagos State Government has restated its commitment to upgrade all abattoirs in the State to befit global standard with the construction of a new ultra-modern slaughter slab at Ajegunle in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Oluwatoyin Suarau who said this on Sunday stated that the project was a product of collaboration between the state government and a private firm; Charlie Papa Limited.

He said that the partnership had set a standard for what a mega city abattoir should look like, urging other members of the public to continue to give maximum support to the implementation of government policies through fruitful collaborations.

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”The collaboration between the government and the private sector has demonstrated that the private sector also has a role to play in achieving the Lagos Smart City Vision. I therefore urge Lagosians to continue to give maximum support to this administration.” Suarau said.

The commissioner disclosed further that the ultra-modern structure included a veterinary inspection point, slaughter point, carcasses processing tables with running water, animal skin gas burning points, animal skinning and flaring tables, butchers changing rooms, twenty units of toilets and bathrooms, 35,000 gallons of water reservoir and a borehole.

He added that the present administration, had since inception, embarked on policies and programmes that would change the face of Lagos abattoir and would not relent in its efforts at upgrading and regulating the activities of all slaughter houses in the state.

Suarau further disclosed that the special status of the state as the commercial nerve sentre of Nigeria and West Africa in addition to its huge population strength significantly positioned it as a ready-made market for the consumption of wholesome meat which thus necessitated the need for the development and upgrading of its slaughter houses.

While reiterating that the State government will always remain committed to ensuring a wholesome production and consumption of meat in the state, the Commissioner urged the public to abide by the policies of the government and desist from operating illegal abattoirs, stressing that anyone arrested for illegal operations will face the wrath of the law.

He declared the operations of butchers around Suuru, Army Signal Barracks, Robo B, Ijora, Oto White Sand, Alakoto, Alaba Suuru, Itire, Ajegunle, Ibafon, Wharf and Boundary as illegal, warning them to stay away from those places.

He stated that officials of the Lagos State Task force would be on the watch out for anyone who operated in any of the unauthorized abattoirs and that such person would be prosecuted.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya who also spoke at the event, stressed the significance of upgrading the market and the need for the government to monitor and ensure a safe red meat market that would conform to the status of the State.

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Onasanya maintained that the commitment of the present administration towards the attainment of food security depended largely on cooperation of every resident of the state, saying that food security and hygienic environment occupied the front burner of the present administration as a way to facilitate job and wealth creation as well as reduce poverty.

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