In an effort to prevent health hazards associated with pig farming, the Lagos state government has ordered the closure of all pig farms located in residential areas within the State.
The order became necessary owing to several complaints by residents of Taiwo Adewole Street in New Oko Oba settlement, Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, on the unwholesome activities in a pig farm which poses health and environmental hazards to residents of the area.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Toyin Suarau said that the attention of the Governor was drawn to a petition by one Wisdom Uzoma, which was published in the Punch Newspapers of Tuesday, June 7th 2016.
Toyin Suarau, who led a team of agricultural officers in conjunction with men of the Lagos State Task Force to the location said the series of complaints necessitated Governor Akinwunmi’s directive to seal the pig farm immediately.
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The Commissioner said Governor Ambode being a responsible and responsive leader, shared the residents’ concern for a healthy and hygienic environment thus has directed the immediate closure of the farm to forestall the outbreak of any disease.
The pig farm was not only shut down, but the team confiscated some of the animals and ordered that the owner of the farm report to the Secretariat, Alausa for negotiation on how to relocate to one of the pig farm settlements or estates within the state or risk all animals being confiscated by Friday June 10th, 2016.
Suarau stressed that the health and security of residents is of utmost importance. He noted that the present administration will not fold its arms and watch residents suffer from preventable and avoidable health and security mishaps.
According to him, the environmental effects associated with pig farms and poultry production include but are not limited to groundwater and surface water contamination, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and long-running soil toxicity to plants and animals.
The Commissioner enjoined members of the public not to relent in their watchdog role by continually informing government of any anomalies seen or experienced that may be dangerous to health and communal living.