CEM REPORT | Trading activities in Ladipo and Oyingbo markets will be halted indefinitely from Thursday 22nd September.
The closure of the markets according to the Lagos State Government is as a result of indiscriminate waste disposal by traders in the market.
The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), Ibrahim Odumboni who disclosed this through a statement, explained that the closure was necessitated as a result of reckless waste dumping, non-payment for waste services, and a general poor waste management situation in these markets.
He noted that the state government could no longer tolerate unwholesome environmental practices by traders in the markets despite repeated warnings from the agency.
“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.
“We have intensified our sanitation efforts by deploying trucks to clear black 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.”
He urged traders in other markets to adhere strictly to environmental hygiene or risk indefinite closure of their markets.
This is not the first time the Lagos State Government is shutting down the Ladipo Market, in the Mushin Local Government Area of the state indefinitely over environmental issues. Recall that same was the case over a year ago.