The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has sealed Oyingbo and Alayabiagba markets.
This comes after series of unheeded warnings to markets in Lagos to shun filth and embrace proper environmental hygiene.
Other markets that risk imminent shut-down for improper waste disposal and sundry environmental infractions include: Tejuosho Model Market Phase 1, Ladipo Market in Mushin, Anjorin Market, Irewolede Plank Market, Idi-Araba Obele Market, Oni Baba Market, Oba Morufu International Market, formerly known as Ejigbo Market, Ijora 7UP Market, Okeafa Plank Market, Ifelodun Fruit Market, Amukoko, among others.
Commenting on the development, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said the Authority’s decision to shut down the markets was arrived at after several warnings about their noncompliance with the state’s Environmental Protection Laws, which emphasized zero tolerance for environmental offences, such as indiscriminate dumping of refuse, wilful defacing of the environment, and refusal to pay for waste services.
“LAWMA has continued to work relentlessly to improve the environment across the state, particularly commercial facilities, by putting in place several measures aimed at maintaining the cleanliness of the city.
“However, some individuals and markets are busy undermining our efforts by refusing to abide by the laws and regulations. As the need arises, such individuals, dealers, and markets will be dealt with in accordance with the law”.
Dr. Gbadegesin cautioned that other markets engaging in irresponsible waste disposal and other environmental violations would face similar harsh consequences if they refused to turn a new leaf, adding that the executive members of such markets would also be held accountable.
“It is imperative that we hold businesses accountable for their environmental responsibilities. This enforcement action by LAWMA aims to promote a culture of compliance and create a more livable city for all residents.
“I also want to emphasize that once a market is closed, it will meet all requirements before being reopened for business”, he said.
BY IYABO AINA
Publisher Of News Rain Nigeria