September 24, 2014 – Lagos State Abattoir & Lairage situated at Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos, Nigeria has been shut down .
The Abattoir which was recently upgraded by the Lagos State Government has nevertheless been in a messy and unhealthy condition inimical to health of Nigerians.
Reacting to the closure, Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal said the slaughter house was shut down two days ago to enable the state carry out a thorough clean-up of the environment so that meat emanating from the facility would be healthy for residents of Lagos and Nigeria at large.
“The Lagos abattoir was temporarily shut to enable the government carry out massive clean-up in the place. The facility has to be shut once in a while in order to give room for total clean up. It is place where our cattle are slaughtered. We must make sure the place is hygienic always for the slaughtering of cattle and other activities to take place.
“Hopefully, if the sanitation exercise is completed today, we will reopen it for use tomorrow Thursday. We have to do so, because we cannot allow our abattoir to become eyesores.”
He added that the abattoir was not shut for charges, contrary to the speculations.
The abattoir was recently upgraded for mechanized operation shortly after a team from the Ministry of Agriculture visited Kenya and Zimbabwe where they toured state-of-the-arts facility in preparation for the upgrade.