Lagos State Government will soon dispatch agriculture marshals to the 57 local governments and Local Council Development areas (LCDAs) to enforce the state’s stray animal control policy.
Speaking, weekend, while addressing Oko-Oba Animal Market Cattle dealers in Agege area of Lagos, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Toyin Suarau, said the state government will no longer tolerate the attitude.
“The state government is concerned and would no longer tolerate the habit of releasing herds of cattle at night along major roads and highways in the metropolis.
“Apart from causing accidents on our roads, these stray animals could also spread contagious diseases such as anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and other ailments that could lead to death,” Suarau said.
According to the Commissioner, despite the state’s awareness campaign on the danger posed by these stray animals, the menace was still on the rise.
He advised residents not to panic when they come across stray animals such as cows, horses, dogs, pigs, rams, goats, monkeys among others, but move to a safe place. Suarau said owners of such animals and pets that stray would be prosecuted.