From Akilani Abdullah, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola Tuesday said plans have been concluded to introduce ‘Life Animal Truck’, a strategy aimed at reforming the process of transporting life animals especially cattle’s within the state.
Fashola disclosed this after inspecting the Oko-Oba Abattoir, Agege local government, which also have in attendance the Commissioner for Agriculture and cooperatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal and the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Olajide Bashorun.
He stated that the new strategy will help improve the quality and quantity of the cattle’s before they are slaughtered for consumption, saying “When a cattle walks long distance before it is slaughtered,
the value of such cattle depreciate.”
According to him, “The new trucks will be deployed to transport cattle. And it will help the cattle traders to stop from moving their animals on foot at night.”
Fashola said that this was part of the reason the state sponsored about 39 butchers to Kenyan and Botswana, to learn mechanized process of slaughtering and processing cattle in the state.
“And since they returned, they demanded for change. We have allowed them to lead the reform. All these are geared towards improving the hygienic condition of the meats that gets to consumers. The machines that were provided by the Micheal Otedola’s administration have been revived and they are ready commenced operation.