Lagos State Government on Wednesday declared zero tolerance on operators of Illegal Abattoirs/Slaughter slabs, waste mismanagement and unhygienic handling of meat in the state.
This declaration emanated from joint stakeholders’ meeting between the State Ministries of the Environment, Agriculture and Operators of Abattoirs and Slaughter slabs held at Alausa, Ikeja.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, who chaired the meeting maintained that the State Government will not condone any act of uncleanliness in meat processing and delivery, adding that attention will be given to all areas of food supply chain with emphasis now on the consumption of wholesome meat by the citizens.
Bamgboye, who was represented at the meeting by the Director of Environmental Services, Mrs. Ronke Odeneye, warned that all abattoir operators in the State should ensure that they participate in the environmental sanitation exercise held on Sundays as agreed by the association, adding that wastewater and blood generated from meat processing should be adequately discharged in the drains while also ensuring that drains are free of silt and overgrown weeds.
He noted that officers from the Ministry that had visited some abattoirs across the state observed that some operators were not abiding by stipulated standard, stressing that the present administration is ready to work with them to upgrade abattoirs in the State in line with international standard.
Addressing the operators, the Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Michael Adeyemi said that his Ministry is ready to work in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment to put an end to all environmental infractions that may emerge from abattoirs mismanagement across the state.
He disclosed that the State Government had made necessary provision in terms of facilities to ensure that butchers in the state operate in mechanized abattoirs and slaughterhouses where cows are slaughtered neatly and wastewater, as well as animal waste, were discharged properly in order to avoid pollution of the environment.
The Director implored the abattoir concessionaires yet to obtain their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and fumigation certificates to do so urgently from the Ministry of Environment in order to avoid closure of such abattoirs.
Responding, one of the butchers, from Ilaje Abattoir, Bariga, Mr. Kehinde Oseni, thanked the State Government for their support and pledged the continued adherence of his association to the necessary laws guiding meat production in the state.