Lagos Stops Use of Motorbikes, AC Vans For Meat Transportation

Lagos State Government has banned the use of motorbikes popularly known as ‘Okada’ and ‘Air Cool Vans’ for transportation of meat and meat product in all abattoir and slaughter slabs across the state in order to ensure a well-structured meat transporting system which befits the status of a mega-city.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau said this at the stakeholders meeting with representatives of the Sheep and Goat Butchers Association, Eko Refrigerated Meat Van Association, Lagos state Butchers Association and Apapa Park transporter.

He said that the government only authorized ‘Refrigerated Meat Vans’ to the meat transportation business, adding that any other group using other means beside this would have their products seized.

“Anyone who transport meat product using other means other than the authorized refrigerated meat vans will have their meat seized. The ‘air cool van’ which was earlier introduced in 2008 has been faced out and must not operate within the state again”, he said.

According to him, the state government would provide more refrigerated vans and also ensure that old ones are replaced to bring quality to the movement of meat in the metropolis.

Calling on the stakeholders to cooperate with government, Suarau said that there is model and standard which they must follow to make the business of butcher a quality one.

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