The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) announced that, from September 22, both Ladipo and Oyingbo markets would be shut down till further notice.
This, according to the Authority, is due to the markets’ refusal to pay for waste services, reckless waste dumping, and general poor waste management situation at the markets.
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, LAWMA’s Managing Director/CEO said LAWMA reached this conclusion after repeated warnings sent to the affected markets weren’t heeded to.
Odumboni added that the unwholesome environmental practices by traders in those markets called for necessary and immediate sanctions.
He also said that recently, LAWMA has been redoubling its efforts to ensure that Lagos Markets are clean.
He said, “Our attention has been drawn to the deplorable state of the environment around Ladipo Market, Mushin, and Oyingbo Market, resulting from reckless waste dumping by traders.
“Despite serving them abatement notices, they have continued the mindless environmental violation. We are left with no other choice than to evoke the necessary sanction of shutting down the markets. This is also meant to serve as a deterrent to other nonchalant markets.”
Mr. Ibrahim further stated, “We have intensified our sanitation efforts by deploying trucks to clear back spots across the metropolis, especially business facilities.
“However, these efforts are being tainted by the activities of mischievous persons who would rather dump their waste indiscriminately on the roads, than pay for waste services.”
The LAWMA chief advised traders in other markets to always clean their business places or risk the closure of their markets.