A mechanised abattoir the Lagos State Government commissioned in Ilaje-Bariga recently has a recycling process to convert waste products into biogas for use at the facility.
This waste to energy initiative keys into the state government’s commitment to increase its use of clean energy generated particularly from waste.
According to a Veterinary Doctor, Dr. Morufat Adedeji, faecal particles and ruminal waste from the slaughtered animals will be collected through the provided channels and converted to biogas for the operation of the abattoir, which is better than some methods adopted by butchers. “Our aim is to provide clean, healthy and wholesome meat for the people and also curtail waste which could affect the environment.”
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated that the commissioning of the Lagos Mechanised Abattoir in Bariga, is a testament to the Lagos spirit of resilience, hard work and commitment.
He said Lagos consumes over 50% of red meat produced in Nigeria, and so there is a need to ensure that good quality produce gets to the people.
He stated that Lagos has about 16 abattoirs, and that 11 is being managed by the State government, saying, “We do need to double these numbers. This abattoir is to provide good quality meat to the people and provide employment opportunities to about 800 people.
“Also, about 25 Veterinary doctors from the Ministry of Agriculture will be employed in this sector of the economy. We are using this avenue to encourage more investors as well,” he said.