LAWMA Moves To Shut Ladipo And Oyingbo Markets, Gives reason

By Tunde John

Lagos State Government, through the Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), on Thursday said it will shut down Ladipo and Oyingbo markets till further notice over reckless waste dumping, refusal to pay for waste services, and general poor waste management.

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) LAWMA, Ibrahim Odumboni, said in a statement on Thursday in Lagos that the markets would be shut by September 22.

Odumboni said that the unwholesome environmental practices by traders in the markets, despite repeated warnings, called for necessary and immediate sanctions.

The LAWMA boss 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.”

According to the LAWMA MD/CEO, the closure of Ladipo and Oyingbo markets will serve as a deterrent to nonchalant traders in other markets.

Odumboni said that the authority had in recent times redoubled its efforts to ensure that business activities in all Lagos markets were carried out in a clean and safe environment, for the good of all.

“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,” Odumboni said.

He urged traders in other markets to adhere strictly to environmental hygiene or risk indefinite closure of their markets.

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