The Lagos State Government has commenced the removal of illegal structures and shanties at Oko Oba abattoir, Agege, in a bid to ensure a healthy and hygienic abattoir condition in the State.
The process was embarked upon by the government weeks after InsideMainland reported the move by the government to pull down illegal structures around the popular abattoir.
The demolition exercise was in collaboration with the Lagos State Task Force Team.
Prior to the commencement of the demolition, the state government held an interactive session with the butchers and other stakeholders of the abattoir to discuss the modalities of the proposed upgrading and rehabilitation of the market.
Speaking during the demolition, Commissioner for Agriculture, Oluwatoyin Suarau stated that the demolition was in line with the “commitment of the government to give the abattoir a befitting status deserving of a mega city market”.
Suarau, however disclosed that the completion of the project would be to the advantage of the abattoir operators and Lagosians at large, as the proposed project would usher in a mega city equipped abattoir with a stand-by clinic within the complex which could take care of the health of workers and other emergencies in the abattoir and also a mini market which will cater for some basic needs.
Furthermore, Suarau urged the stakeholders to be in full support of the project as their input in pointing out miscreants and illegal inhabitant of the abattoir is required in restoring sanity to the entire market.
He added that the government would not relent in its effort to improve the hygienic condition of the market and would not hurt anyone.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya spoke on the significance of the upgrading of the market stressing the need for the government to monitor and ensure a safe red meat market that will conform to the mega city status. “The government will not remove the shanties in batches as this will make the government spend more,” he said.