Lagos govt to shut ​Ladipo, Oyingbo markets from September 22

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The Lagos State Government has said it will shut down Ladipo and Oyingbo markets until further notice.

According to the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), this is because of the reckless waste dumping, refusal to pay for services, and general poor waste management.

A statement on Thursday by LAWMA MD/CEO, Ibrahim Odumboni, the markets would be shut from September 22.

Odumboni decried the unwholesome environmental practices by traders in disregard of repeated warnings.

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The official said despite 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”, Odumboni added.

The MD said his agency would ensure that business activities in all Lagos markets were carried out in a clean and safe environment.

Odumboni noted that the agency had been deploying trucks to clear black spots across the metropolis.

He lamented how government efforts are being sabotaged by persons who would rather dump waste on the roads to avoid paying for services.

Odumboni advised traders in other locations to adhere strictly to environmental hygiene or risk indefinite closure of their markets.