…As Residents Beg Ambode To Intervene
…Laments Inability To Unwind, Eat, Relax Publicly Due To Offensive Odour
There are very strong indications that an outbreak of epidemic is imminent at Bammeke area of Shasha in Alimosho Local Government Area (LGA)of Lagos State following the offensive odour oozing out of an illegal abattoir located within the Nigeria Air Force(NAF) Base in the Shasha.
The stench oozing out of the illegal and unhealthy abattoir, the residents, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of being harassed and beating by Nigeria AirForce personnel told Abelnews the smell is not good for their health as it may lead to the outbreak of epidemic, which the state may not be able to control.
They therefore appealed the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to save them from the looming health danger, which they described as a keg of gunpowder waiting to explode, adding that they are where they live is no longer uninhabitable.
The residents listed the areas mostly affected by the illegal, unhygienic and supervised abattoir to include: Sokunbi, Ikire, Church streets and part of Oguntade Street all in Bammeke.
The worried residents argued that odour has serious health and environmental implications for the people.
They told Abelnews that before now, people living within the area had cried out many times over the foul odour coming out of the abattoir that has been traced to the decaying blood of the slaughtered cows, which was not properly disposed off by the butchers.
The strong stench which has presently been worsened by the rainy season has made live unbearable for the residents many of whom now go about covering their nose with handkerchiefs to avoid inhaling bad odour.
The location of the abattoir within the Air Force Base has created cold war between the residents and the Nigeria AirForce (NAF) as result of the discomfort the illegal abattoir has caused the people.
The residents accused Nigeria AirForce of using its position to continue to endanger the lives of the millions of residents with the bad odour from the illegal abattoir housed by NAF.
Abelnews gathered that many children in the community have suffered health hazards as result of the offensive odour they inhale daily
Besides the health hazard to children, the news platform also learnt that it has almost become impossible for the residents to eat, relax or unwind publicly due to the odour permeating the entire vicinity.
The residents said that the health implication has become more complicated following the hordes of flies and rodents attracted to the area by the stench coming from portion, where the blood drained from the slaughtered cows are diverted.
The location of the abattoir within the residential area contradicts the Lagos State government rules regarding, where an abattoir should be sited.
Abelnews recalled that the Lagos State Government had in February complained about illegal abattoirs in the state.
The government had in particular faulted the illegal abattoirs located within Military Cantonments and Barracks, where veterinary officers are denied access to the facilities