The Lagos State government has reiterated commitment towards attainment of food security and hygienic environment, noting that the two areas occupy the front burner with the present administration, towards wealth creation, as well as reduce poverty.
In a statement, signed by Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, who quoted the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, at a stakeholders meeting with representatives of the Lagos State Butchers Association, Eko Refrigerated Meat Van Association, Apapa Park transporter and the Sheep and Goat Butchers Association, announced the ban of motorbikes and Air Cool Vans for transportation of meat in all abattoir and slaughter slabs across the state.
This step, according to him was aimed at ensuring a well-structured meat transporting system, which befits the status of a mega city, noting that only authorised ‘Refrigerated Meat Vans are allowed in the business of transporting meat within the state.
“Anyone who transport meat product using other means than the authorised refrigerated meat vans will have their meat seized. The air cool van, which was earlier introduced in 2008 has been phased out and must not operate within the state again,” he said.
He stated further that the Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance Unit on dislodgement of illegal abattoirs, seizure of stray animal, monitoring of illegal meat transportation and regulation of veterinary premises, would commence enforcement of the ban.
The Commissioner noted that the state has a standard for what a mega city abattoir should look like, urging the abattoir operators to give government maximum support to achieve a maximum implementation of government policies through a high level of policy compliance.
“The state has a model, which is aimed at ensuring a healthy and hygienic transportation of meat within the state. I therefore urge all to give maximum support to government in the implementation of these policies,” he said.