Ladipo Market in Nigeria’s Lagos Shut Down Due to Unsanitary Conditions

The Lagos State Government has announced the immediate closure of Ladipo Market, Mushin. The closure is due to alleged environmental infractions such as reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises, and non-payment of waste bills.

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, issued the closure order early Friday morning. He stated that the market will remain closed until traders and market stakeholders meet the required conditions of redress. This is part of the government’s efforts to enforce compliance in markets across the state.

Wahab emphasized the importance of environmental hygiene in markets, stating that it is crucial for markets in the state to strictly adhere to environmental laws and regulations for the well-being of residents.

He added, “The closure of Ladipo market serves as a stern reminder that no entity, regardless of its size or influence, is above the law.”

Wahab expressed the government’s commitment to collaborating with market stakeholders to improve environmental standards. He stated that the market will only be reopened when these standards are met.

The commissioner highlighted Ladipo Market’s history of contravening established regulations. He commended the intervention of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in rectifying the issues and bringing the market to compliance.

Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, stated that the closure will allow for an assessment of the market’s environmental impact and the implementation of necessary measures. He emphasized LAWMA’s commitment to taking decisive actions against environmental law violations.

As Lagos State continues to grow, it is vital that economic activities are conducted sustainably and environmentally responsibly. LAWMA’s recent actions reflect the authority’s dedication to this cause,” Gbadegesin said.

He added, “The offensive against environmental infractions will continue until sanity is restored in our markets. The next target will be illegal markets.”

The closure of Ladipo Market follows similar actions taken against Oyingbo, Alayabiagba, Oke-Odo Markets, and sections of Tejuosho Market for consistent violations.

Gbadegesin stressed that the government remains unwavering in its commitment to restoring environmental sanity in the state.

For waste management inquiries, residents are encouraged to call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 617 and 07080601020.

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