The Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) has shut down the Oyingbo and Alayabiagba markets in Lagos Mainland over indiscriminate waste disposal.
The state government, through the LAWMA, made this known in a series of tweets issued via its official X handle on Monday.
The Managing Director of LAWMA, Muyiwa Gbadegesin, in a statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Kadiri Folashade, said the action followed a series of unheeded warnings to markets in Lagos to shun filth and embrace proper environmental hygiene.
Speaking further, he said other markets that risk imminent shut-down for improper waste disposal environmental infraction are 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 Ijora 7UP Market, Okeafa Plank Market, Ifelodun Fruit Market, Amukoko, among others.
In the development, Dr Gbadegesinon said the Authority’s decision to shut down the markets was arrived at after noncompliance with the state’s Environmental Protection Laws, which emphasized zero tolerance for environmental offences.
He 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 would meet all requirements before being reopened for business”, he said.
Gbadegesin urged markets in the state to support the Authority’s efforts, by following stipulated waste management guidelines, adding that with the agency’s concerted efforts and cooperation of residents, the state would witness significant improvement in waste management, resulting in a cleaner and healthier environment for all.