One of the busiest abattoirs in Lagos State the Oko Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex in the Agege area of the city is billed to undergo a facelift in the course of th eyear and as such government is set to demolish all shanties within the complex.
As a way of carrying all stakeholders along oin the planned upgrading, Commissioner fo rAgriculture, Oluwatoyin Suarau has held an interactive session with butchers and other stakeholders on the modalities to be employed for the proposed rehabilitation.
Suarau disclosed the commitment of state government to give the abattoir a status befitting of a mega city market thus appealing that all should endeavour to give maximum support that will enhance a successful implementation of the project.
He explained to all the various groups within the market that government’s motive is to improve the hygienic condition of the market and not to hunt anyone.
“I want us all to see this gathering as a family meeting and we should not see this project as a government instrument to disrupt the activities of the market”, he assured.
Suarau observed that the removal of the shanties will commence any moment requesting all occupants of such shanties within the complex to remove their valuables and relocate to the Lairage temporarily pending the completion of the project.
The Commissioner also disclosed that on completion of the project which will be to the advantage of operators and Lagos residence will equally boost the mega city status of Lagos as there will be provision of a standard clinic to take care of health needs of every worker within the complex and a mini market to complement the Lairage.
“As we speak, the government has completed the fencing of the abattoir and the heap of refuse which has existed for several years has been cleared. The beautification of the entrance and surroundings of the abattoir has also commenced”, the Commissioner added.
Permanent secretary, Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya who was also present at the event spoke extensively on the significance of the upgrading of the market and stressed the need for the government to monitor and ensure that only a safe meat market operates in the state..
Onasanya assured that construction work in the market will not be done in phases but at once, “hence all occupants of illegal structures are enjoined to immediately vaccate these shanties within the stipulated period given for the exercise”, said Onasanya.
He said government is commited to ensuring food security as well as a hygienic environment in the state without compromising safety of residence as well.
Also at the event, Serikin Hausawa of Agege, Alhaji Musa Muhammadu Dogonkadai, commended the state government”s all inclusive style of governance for carrying them along the developmental processes on going in the state.
He assured government that his people are in full support of the development in the state and will offer their cooperation at all times.