Ambode orders closure of pig farms in residential areas

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered closure of
all pig farms located in residential areas within the state as part of
effort to ward off health hazards associated with such practices.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

The order came on heels of petitions sent by residents of Taiwo
Adewole Street in New Oko- Oba, Ojokoro Local Council Development
Area, against the activities of a pig farm located on the street that
has continued to pose both health and environmental hazards to
residents.
The Lagos State Government in response to these petitions as well as
an open petition sent by one Wisdom Uzoma to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
published in the Punch Newspaper publication of Tuesday June 7, 2016
has shut down the pig farm and confiscated some of the animals in the
farm.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Toyin Suarau who led a team of agric
officers for the exercise said the attention of the Governor was drawn
to the petition sent by Wisdom Uzoma adding that the Governor being a
responsive and responsible leader share the resident’s concern and
thus ordered the immediate closure of the farm to forestall the
outbreak of any disease.
He said: “Putting an end to the activities of the pig farm has become
inevitable especially because of the health hazard posed by the farm
to inhabitant of area, we have not only shut down the pig farm, we
have also confiscated some of the animals and ordered that the owner
of the farm report to Alausa for negotiation on how to relocate to one
of the pig farm settlement or estate in the state or risk all animals
being confiscated by Friday 10th June 2016”.
Suarau who noted that the health and security of residents is of
utmost importance stressed that the present administration will not
fold it arms and watch residents suffer from preventable and avoidable
health and security mishaps.
He said the environmental effects associated with pig farming and
other poultry production include but not limited to groundwater and
surface water contamination, air pollution and greenhouse gas
emissions, and long-run soil toxicity to plants and animals.
The Commissioner enjoined members of the public not to relent in their
watchdog roles as residents but continue to inform government of any
anomalies seen or experienced that may be dangerous to health and
communal living.
He said his Ministry will step up monitoring activities of farmers to
ensure that they conform with minimum set standard of farming adding
also that effort are on-going to fish out more farms that are
constituting health hazard to residents.
However, the owner of the pig farm Mr. Bristoe argued that his pig
farm has been in the area long before many of the residential
structures were erected.