HERDSMEN: Lagos govt goes tough on stray animals
By Bayo George
Amid wide condemnation against proposed grazing zone for herdsmen across the federation, the Lagos State Government, yesterday, said that the ban placed on unauthorised modes of movement of animals especially live cattle across the state still subsist, stressing that persons found culpable in the act would henceforth be prosecuted.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau who stated this while reviewing reports of animal transportation and stray animals, noted that the menace of releasing cattle along major roads and highways within the metropolis was unacceptable, adding that the state government was committed to stopping illegal movement of animals across the state.
Suarau stressed that the state government had sent Agric-Marshals to all local governments and local council development areas of the State as part of its stray animal control policy to put an end to the menace releasing cattle along major roads and highways within the metropolis.
He explained that unauthorised movement of animals could lead to the spread of contagious disease such as anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and other ailments aside from causing road accidents.
Suarau stated that it was necessary for the government to monitor the whole process of animal transportation and handling right from the animal markets to the Abattoirs, stressing that Lagos State government had handled significantly the transportation of live animals by the introducing the Metro Live Animal Transport which has been very effective in transporting live animals across the metropolis.
He therefore, urged members of the public to give the government their maximum support in implementing policies on movement and transportation of animals adding that government has a standard for what a mega city mode of animal transit should look like.
“Government has a model which is aimed at ensuring a healthy and hygienic transportation of meat within the metropolis. I, therefore, urge residents to give maximum support to the government in the implementation of these policies”, he said.
He maintained that the commitment of the present administration towards the attainment of a standard animal handling model depended largely on the cooperation of every resident of the state, adding that hygienic environment occupies the front burner of the present administration as a way to facilitate job and wealth creation as well as reduce poverty.