Over 500 shanties and illegal structures within and outside the Oko-Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex, at Agege, Lagos, were yesterday demolished by the Lagos State Government. Agriculture Commissioner, Oluwatoyin Suara, described the demolition as part of efforts to ensure adequate upgrading and transformation of the complex for improved operations.
Suarau who was reviewing the report of the demolition carried out by his ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, the State Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit, Department of State Security and Operation MESA, said government owes it a duty to improve the hygienic condition of the complex and ensure best practices in the red meat value chain. “Rehabilitation of the facilities at the Oko-oba abattoir is to ensure that operations at the complex meets international standard,” Suarau stressed.
He explained that completion of projects at the Oko-Oba abattoir complex will result in an upgraded abattoir equipped with a standard clinic to take care of people and other emergencies in the complex.
He stated that apart from upgrade of facilities and infrastructure of abattoirs and slaughter slabs, the state government has also trained butchers and live cattle dealers drawn from various abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the state on current trends in abattoir management.