The Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance (MEC) Team of the State today dislodged two illegal sheep and goat slaughter slabs located at the New Alade Market, behind Mobil Filling Station, off Oregun Road and at Idi Ogbo, Eleko, Ibeju Lekki.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, who made this known in Lagos today explained that the exercise was in furtherance of the State’s sanitization and reform of the red meat value chain with the aim of producing only wholesome meat for the consumption of its citizenry.
Olusanya disclosed that during the operation at the New Alade Market, 3 butchers were arrested and 29 live goats, 3 live sheep, 14 slaughtered goats as well as meat carcass worth 30kg were confiscated adding that the confiscated carcass had since been donated to the Little Saints Orphanage, Abule Egba after confirming it fit for consumption.
The Commissioner added over 1.5tonne of meat carcass that was confiscated at the Idi Ogbo in Eleko incident which has since been donated to the Bab-Es-Salam Home and Correctional Home for Boys, Oregun.
According to Olusanya, illegal slaughter slabs, abattoirs and meat markets pose a health hazard to the State and its residents seeing that animals slaughtered and sold in these places are not inspected by veterinary officials thus, the wholesomeness of such meat could not be vouched for hence the need for the dislodgement exercise.
“Today, our Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance (MEC) Team dislodged an illegal sheep and goat slaughter slab at the New Alade Market, Oregun.
“During the operation, 3 butchers were arrested. Also, 29 live goats, 3 live sheep, 14 slaughtered goats as well as meat carcass worth 30kg were confiscated. The confiscated carcass has been confirmed safe by our doctors and we have donated it to Little Saints Orphanage, Abule Egba.
“You will recall that the MEC Team resumed its activities last week after it was suspended last year following the unrest that accompanied the #EndSARS protest.
“Last year, there was an option of fine on confiscated live animals but this year, it will not be so. All confiscated live animals will be auctioned at the Mobile Court of the Task Force Office and all arrested offenders will be duly prosecuted,” the Commissioner averred.
Olusanya appealed to all operators of illegal abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the State to desist from such harmful activities while urging residents to only patronize approved meat shops and abattoirs for their meat products in order to ensure the safety of the meat consumed.