By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos state government has finalized plans to begin the demolition of more than 80 slaughterhouses, as well as to monitor all veterinary facilities throughout the state as of Tuesday, September 1, to promote sanitation and reform of the supply chain. value of red meat.
Acting State Commissioner of Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, who revealed this last weekend at the re-inauguration of the Ministry’s Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance team, MEC, added that the exercise would involve monitoring the transportation of meat. as well as the control of stray animals.
He added that the eviction was necessary, especially as the state was determined to produce healthy and wholesome meat for its residents, while also ensuring that the streets were free of stray animals.
Olusanya recalled that even though the exercise had been a continuous exercise for approximately three years, the need to strictly enforce meat transport using only designated vehicles and stray animal control, which had lately become more rampant.
In his words: “The need for continuity and sustained effort against the perpetrators of illegalities in the state informed the re-inauguration of the MEC Unit by the current administration.
“You will agree with me that the threat of illegal slaughterhouses is rearing its ugly head in the state again with the consequent negative impact on the public health of the more than 20 million people of our beloved state.”
Olusanya noted that the team would monitor and apply zero tolerance to the existence of illegal slaughter slabs across the state and ensure proper regulation of veterinary activities across the state in conjunction with the Lagos State Private Veterinary Facilities Registration Authority. .
According to her, ongoing rehabilitation works were being carried out on the 20 slaughter slabs approved in the state in an attempt to improve their current state to meet international standards by converting some of these slabs into semi-mechanized slaughterhouses.
Olusanya emphasized that the government had been able to monitor and regulate the affairs of the facilities where veterinary activities are carried out, such as the treatment of animals, the sale of medicines and biological products, with the necessary statistics collected from the activities of the monitoring unit. , application and control of the ministry and ensured that the premises that do not meet the standard and have refused to update are demolished.
Meanwhile, the president of the Lagos State Butchers Association, Mr. Bamidele Kazeem, pledged the association’s full support for the demolition of the illegal slaughterhouses in Lagos.
He said: “My members in Lagos state are very ready, in fact we have been clamoring for the reopening of the enforcement team due to the many illegal slaughterhouses in the state.
“We have to control the nemesis caused by these illegal slaughterhouses and meat sales. Some people have even taken the laws into their own hands; when the state gives a law on something, they do the opposite with which our association is not happy.
“That is why we made a call to the state government to reactivate the Monitoring, Execution and Compliance Team so that these measures are fully complied with.”
Similarly, the Secretary of the Lagos State Slaughterhouse Concessionaires Forum, Mr. Hamzat Kareem, noted that the reopening of the Monitoring, Enforcement and Enforcement Team would curb the threat of illegal slaughterhouses, as they pose an enormous threat to slaughterhouses. operations of legal slaughterhouses.