The Lagos State Government has revealed that residents can now make money from selling rodents in Lagos. This development is as a result of a partnership by the LASG and a non-governmental organisation, Phosguard Fumigant Limited in a bid to prevent Lassa fever and other vector-borne diseases in the State.
Tagged ‘Kill rats, make money’, the project is part of the plans to de-rat the state and prevent epidemic from Lassa Fever and other diseases. The NGO is working with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority to either incinerate or bury the rats.
According to a report by News Agency of Nigeria, rodents in the state will be bought by the NGO after they had been killed using hi-tech chemicals and equipment that would make their decomposing bodies non-infectious.
Speaking on the project, the CEO of the company, Mr Oluwasegun Benson, said the bounty would help to de-rat the state and it is part of a strategy to eliminate Lassa fever. “We will buy off at least 20 rats for a yet-to-be determined amount; in Lagos now it is operation kill rats and make money,” he said.
“A rat has 28 days gestation period and in the past years, there has not been any solid structure on ground to curb them from infecting humans with diseases. We are already approaching an epidemic level which can lead to a pandemic level with Lassa Fever and we must be proactive and launch a more coordinated approach to control them,” he added.
Oluwasegun disclosed that the project would commence in October 2016, adding that it had the capacity to create about 200 or 300 jobs, particularly for youths.