The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force yesterday commenced the enforcement of the use of ‘EKO Refrigerated Meat Vans’ as the only authorised means of carrying processed meat in a hygienic way from approved slaughter houses and abattoirs to designated meat markets within the State.
Deputy Superintendent of Police and Acting Chairman of the Agency, Mr. Wilson Alaba, who led the enforcement operations at Oko-Oba Abattoir Markets, Agege, disclosed that many motorcycles, rickety vehicles and other unauthorised means of carrying processed meat were dislodged within the market.
He disclosed further that the enforcement operations became necessary to ensure that the reformation of the Red Meat and Meat Hygiene Law is enforced and that the meat consumed in Lagos is processed and transported in a wholesome and clean manner.
While noting that the enforcement teams were deployed to different approved abattoirs across the State, Alaba, however, enjoined members of the Butchers Association of Oko-Oba and other relevant stakeholders to immediately comply as anybody caught using unauthorised means of carrying processed meat within the State would be charged to court.
According to the Vice President Refrigerated Van (Agege) Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited (Operator of Eko Meat Van), Alhaji Niniola Ramonu, the measures adopted by the State Government was to make sure that well-preserved processed meat is sold to members of the public.
He disclosed that using Eko Refrigerated Meat Vans to convey processed meat from approved slaughter houses and abattoirs would prevent the meat from being contaminated before getting to designated markets across the State.