Lagos state plans to generate clean energy by converting waste to power – This move is expected to move the city closer to achieving its mega city dream – This will also sanitise abattoirs and slaughter houses Lagos state seems to be moving closer to achieving its mega city dream as the state hopes to generate 24 hours electricity by converting waste to energy. The Nation reports that Dr. Shakirudeen Olayiwole Onasanya who is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture said the state was planning to convert waste from abattoirs into electricity. Dr Shamisudeen Olalekan who is the director of veterinary service represented Onasanya at a one day workshop on food safety in the Nigerian meat industry in Lagos.
The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) in collaboration with the Animal Science Association of Nigeria. He explained that new abattoirs may have biogas producing facilities which would disseminate cheap and relatively clean energy throughout the facilities. He said this will also improve waste management at the abattoir. He noted that managing waste was difficult but explained that the government is taking steps to improve sanitary control in slaughtering, processing and commercialisation of meat at Oko-Oba Abattoir in Agege to prevent food safety risks. He said over 6000 cattle, 10,000 sheep and goat are slaughtered daily in Lagos and that there was one approved abattoir, eight approved slaughter slabs and more than 15 illegal slaughtering slabs including slaughtering facilities located within the military barracks.
He said this has resulted in problems in food hygiene and safety. The government is expected to suspend the operation of slaughterhouses that do not meet food safety and hygiene requirements, tighten control over veterinary and environmental hygiene and food safety in small slaughterhouses, and to strictly deal with violations as per the law. Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II said that virtually all arms of the electricity value chain has been taken away from the control of Babatunde Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing. Sanusi stated this during a stakeholders’ workshop on Road Transport Management and Mass Transit Operations in Nigeria, organised by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja. “Very often in this country, we do not give as much focus as we should to the organic link between the objectives, our strategies, processes, procedures and our results.
“And one example I’ve always given is the power sector in Nigeria. I used to ask this question that, ‘please what really is the Power minister responsible for?’ And it sounds like a silly question. “But the truth is, I don’t know about now, but as of the time I was in government, could anyone legitimately hold the Power minister responsible for delivering power? The PHCN (Power Holding Company of Nigeria) was privatised by the Bureau of Public Enterprises; the Ministry of Petroleum Resources is responsible for gas; regulation and pricing is done by the NERC (Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission), which is an independent body.”