In a bid to ensure strict compliance with environmental regulations and promote public health, the Lagos State Government, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the immediate closure of two renowned markets within the state.
News About Nigeria gathered that the affected markets are Ladipo Market and Mushin Market.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, confirmed the closure of these markets, citing multiple environmental violations as the reason for this drastic action.
The violations include reckless waste disposal, unsanitary conditions within the market premises, and non-payment of waste bills by traders.
Wahab emphasised that the closure of Ladipo Market and Mushin Market would persist until traders and stakeholders within these markets meet the mandatory conditions for rectification as specified by the government.
This move is part of the ongoing efforts by the Lagos State Government to enforce compliance with environmental laws and regulations across markets within the state.
The government places great importance on maintaining high standards of environmental hygiene in these public spaces to ensure the well-being of residents.
The commissioner stressed that no entity, regardless of its size or influence, is exempt from abiding by the law. He further highlighted the need for markets to conduct economic activities in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.
“It is imperative that markets in the state adhere strictly to environmental laws and regulations put in place for the well-being of residents. The closure of Ladipo Market serves as a stern reminder that no entity, regardless of its size or influence, is above the law.”
He also mentioned that the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) would continue to take necessary actions against environmental infractions until order is restored in the markets.
Furthermore, he warned that illegal markets would be the next target of the government’s enforcement efforts.
This closure of Ladipo Market follows similar actions taken against Oyingbo, Alayabiagba, Oke-odo markets, and some sections of Tejuosho Market, all of which faced closures due to persistent violations of environmental regulations.