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LASG Closes Oke-Afa, Katangua Markets Over Sanitation Concerns


Jan 22, 2024

In a proactive move to address escalating environmental health issues, the Lagos State Government has taken decisive action by sealing Oke-Afa Market in Isolo and Katangua Market in Abule Egba. This action comes in response to violations of waste disposal regulations and various unhygienic practices around the markets, constituting serious environmental infractions.

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, emphasized the government’s unwavering commitment to the zero-tolerance for waste initiative. He declared that any market or facility found engaging in irresponsible waste disposal practices would face sanctions.

“The government has not deviated from its zero tolerance for waste initiative, which we have been pursuing since last year. The only acceptable approach for markets and traders is to engage in proper waste disposal practices outlined by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA). Any market or facility that fails to comply will be sanctioned,” stated Mr. Wahab.

Assuring residents, Mr. Wahab affirmed that the markets would remain closed until stringent hygiene and waste disposal measures were implemented and sustained. He underscored the government’s dedication to ensuring cleanliness throughout the metropolis, prioritizing the health and well-being of residents.

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, urged market executives to mobilize their members to adhere to waste management regulations, including utilizing the provided double dino bins and maintaining hygienic practices.

“The rules of engagement are straightforward, and the markets are well aware of them: Do not dispose of waste recklessly; use the dino bins; refrain from waste disposal on road medians around markets; deploy waste policing to prevent and apprehend outsiders jeopardizing your markets, and promptly pay your waste bills. It is as simple as that,” remarked Dr. Gbadegesin.

He cautioned that the zero-tolerance initiative would be pursued more rigorously in the current year, with markets failing to adopt responsible waste disposal practices facing sanctions.

Dr. Gbadegesin appealed to market executives to intensify efforts in mobilizing their members to contribute to preserving the environment. He reiterated LAWMA’s commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment, emphasizing the crucial role of cooperation from all stakeholders, including market operators and traders.

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