…Crate Breaks Loose as Airport Workers run for cover
By Niyi Jacobs, Editor
About 250 cows were flown in from New Jersey, United States on Thursday by the Ekiti State government.
The cows which were in crates on a chartered cargo special flight, were being offloaded at the Gate 3 between the Skypower Aviation Handling Company.
However, there was a drama at the cargo area at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, when one of the 250 cows flown into the country through the airport broke loose from its crate, leaving airport workers at the tarmac running for cover.
The bubble burst when one of the crates carrying the cows got damaged and the ground staff could not secure the cows after offloading which forced one of them to break loose and started chasing airport workers present on the tarmac.
The drama did not last for too long as those on ground were able to bring the cow under control.
According to information gathered, the cows which were flown in from New Jersey, United States, by the Ekiti State government in crates on a chartered cargo special flight, were being offloaded at the Gate 3 between the Skypower Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) and the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) sheds when the incident occurred.
The cows have successfully been loaded into waiting vehicles for their transportation to Ekiti State. The cows were said to have been imported into the country by Ekiti State government in partnership with a private organisation for their Dairy Farm in Ikun.
Meanwhile, Ekiti State government in partnership with Promasidor Nigeria Limited has resuscitated the 500 hectares Ikun Dairy Farm, which has been moribund for more than three decades since its establishment by the Shehu Shagari-led government in 1980s.
The partnership deal attracted a new investment of $5 million into Ikun Dairy Farm, which would be used to purchase equipment, provide the appropriate herd of cattle, and develop an out-grower scheme for providing feed for the cattle.
The upgrade of farmhouses and milking bay, and other facilities are expected to ensure a balance between dairy production, livestock well-being, environmental preservation, and long-term farm sustainability.