Lagos debunks rumours of bad beef from Oko-Oba abattoir

Lagos — Worried by the rumour that meat from the Oko-Oba abattoir located in Iju-Isaga axis of the state is unsafe for consumption due to the unhygienic environment; the Lagos State Government, yesterday, debunked the report, saying “the allegations were baseless.”
Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal in a statement, yesterday, said it was alleged that 4,000 cattle, 10,000 sheep and goats as well as 500 pigs and 10 camels slaughtered daily across the state could lead to outbreak of epidemic in Lagos.
Lawal, who described the allegation as unfounded and capable of misinforming the general public, explained that there were qualified veterinary doctors and animal health workers at the various slaughter slabs across the state ensuring that the animals slaughtered for consumption were of good health and safe for consumption.
Lawal said only certified wholesome meat was allowed to be circulated in the state, urging the residents to patronise only the approved slaughter slabs.
According to him; “Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is a responsive appendage of the State Government who has not relented in its effort to bring wholesome meat to its citizenry.
“We are very much concerned about the implication of consuming unwholesome meat. We cannot toy with the lives of over 18 million Lagosians and that is why as part of our pro-active measures put in place, the ministry recently clamped down on illegal abattoirs in the state in order to avert incidence of diseased infected animals and this exercise will continue”