Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state, has ordered the immediate closure of Ladipo Market in Mushin Local Government Area for environmental violations such as reckless garbage dumping, unsanitary premises, and non-payment of waste bills.
Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, who announced the closure, stated that the market would stay closed until traders and market partners met the statutory reparations criteria.
Speaking on the development, Wahab emphasized the crucial relevance of environmental hygiene in markets, stating that it was critical that marketplaces in the state closely comply to environmental rules and regulations set in place for citizens’ well-being.
He noted that, “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 indicated that the state government was completely committed to engaging with market stakeholders in order to make essential modifications and improvements in order for them to satisfy required environmental standards, and that the market would not be reopened for business until the standards were fulfilled.
The commissioner said, “Ladipo Market, a prominent hub for automotive spare parts and related services, has been a focal point for environmental concerns due to various activities that contravene established regulations. LAWMA’s intervention is a significant step towards rectifying these issues and bringing the market to compliance”.
Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, stated in his reaction that the closure was expected to allow for a thorough assessment of the environmental impact of the market’s activities and the implementation of necessary corrective measures, serving as a clear signal that LAWMA would not hesitate to take decisive action where and when environmental laws were violated.
“As Lagos State continues to grow and develop, it is imperative that economic activities are conducted in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally responsible. LAWMA’s recent actions demonstrate the authority’s commitment to this cause. The offensive against environmental infractions will continue till sanity is restored in our markets, while the next stop will be illegal markets”, he stressed.
Ladipo Market was closed after a similar action was taken against Oyingbo, Alayabiagba, Oke-odo, and several areas of Tejuosho Market for recurrent offenses.
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