Over 500 shanties and illegal structures within and outside the Oko-Oba abattoir and Lairage Complex in Agege area of Lagos State were on Saturday demolished by the State Government as part of an effort to ensure adequate upgrading and transformation of the complex for improved operations.
The State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau who disclosed this while reviewing report of the demolition carried out by officials of the State Ministry of Agriculture 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 exercise included all shanties and illegal structures inside the abattoir and along Fagba-Railway section of the abattoir complex.
According to him, the State Government’s motive for carrying out the exercise was to improve the hygienic condition of the complex and ensure best practices in the red meat value chain and not to witch-hunt anyone.
“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”, Suarau said.