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Lagos demolishes shanties, illegal structures in Oko-Oba abattoir


Scene of illegal shanties and structures demolished by the Lagos State government at the Oko-Oba abattoir and Lairage Complex, Agege … yesterday.

Lagos State government, yesterday, destroyed over 500 shanties and illegal structures within and outside the Oko-Oba abattoir and Lairage Complex, Oko-Oba, Agege area of the state.

The move was part of government’s efforts to ensure adequate upgrading and transformation of the complex for improved operations, in a bid to improve its hygienic condition and ensure best practices in the red meat value chain. 

In a statement signed by Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, while reviewing report of the exercise carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Lagos State Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit, Department of State Security and Operation MESA, noted that the clean-up exercise included all shanties and illegal structures inside the abattoir and along Fagba-Railway section of the abattoir complex.

He said:  “I want us all to see this exercise as a positive development in the red meat value chain and not as government’s instrument to disrupt activities at the complex. Rehabilitation of the facilities at the Oko-Oba abattoir is to ensure that operations at the complex meets international standard”.
While restating government’s commitment to ensuring best practices in the red meat value chain, he stressed that the clean-up exercise and the completion of various projects within the complex will be of great benefits to stakeholder.
He explained that the completion of projects at the abattoir would result in an upgraded abattoir equipped with a standard clinic to take care of people and other emergencies in the complex.

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