The Lagos State Government has announced that it will remove the shanties at the Oko Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex to pave way for a modern abattoir as it befits a mega city.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Oluwatoyin Suarau,who said the rehabilitation of the abattoir was to ensure healthy and hygienic conditions in the state and asked butchers using the facility to temporarily relocate to the complex.
Suarau spoke at a meeting with the butchers and other stakeholders in the abattoir, a statement said on Tuesday.
The Commissioner said adding the traders should give maximum support to the government to enhance a successful implementation of the project.
He said the new abattoir would house a clinic to take care of the traders’ health and other emergencies, as well as a mini-market, which would cater to some basic needs.
He said, “I want us to see this gathering as a family meeting and we should not see this project as a government instrument to disrupt the activities of the market.
“As we speak, the government has completed the fencing of the abattoir and the heap of refuse, which had existed for several years, has been cleared. The beautification of the entrance and surroundings of the abattoir has also commenced. The removal of the shanties will start very soon.”
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, said the upgrading of the abattoir would ensure a safe red meat market that would conform to the mega city status of the state.
The Serikin Hausawa of Agege, Alhaji Musa Dogonkadai, commended the state government for carrying along the traders in the project and assured the government that his people were in full support of the development.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )