The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) said from next Thursday, both Ladipo and Oyingbo markets would be shut down till further notice, for reckless waste dumping, refusal to pay for waste services, and general poor waste management situation at the markets.
LAWMA’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, noted that the unwholesome environmental practices by traders in those markets, despite repeated warnings, called for necessary and immediate sanctions.
He 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. This is also meant to serve as a deterrent to other nonchalant markets.”
He said the agency had redoubled its efforts to ensure that business activities in markets were carried out in a clean environment. “We have intensified our sanitation efforts by deploying trucks to clear black spots across the metropolis, especially business facilities.