The Lagos State Government will begin the closure of illegal abattoirs across the state from Tuesday, September 1.
The state acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, who spoke on Friday during the re-inauguration of the Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance Unit of the ministry, noted that this would sanitise and reform the red meat value chain.
She explained that the exercise would also involve the monitoring of all veterinary premises and meat transportation, as well as stray animal control.
Olusanya said the dislodgement was necessary, especially as the state was particular about producing wholesome and healthy meat for residents, while simultaneously ensuring that the streets were free of stray animals.
“The need for continuity and sustained effort against 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 menace of illegal slaughterhouses is rearing its ugly head in the state again with attendant negative public health impact on the over 20 million populace of our dear state,” she said.
The acting commissioner said the team would effect zero-tolerance for illegal slaughterhouses statewide and ensure proper regulation of veterinary activities in conjunction with the Lagos State Private Veterinary Premises Registration Authority.
According to her, rehabilitation works were being undertaken in the 20 approved slaughterhouses in the state to improve their state to meet international standards by converting some of the slabs to semi-mechanised abattoirs.