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Lagos state authority seals Oyingbo, Alayabiagba markets

By Jimisayo Opanuga
25 September 2023   |   8:59 am
The Lagos State Government has sealed off Oyingbo and Alayabiagba markets in Lagos Mainland for improper waste disposal and other environmental infractions.

Oyingbo market

The Lagos State Government has sealed off Oyingbo and Alayabiagba markets in Lagos Mainland for improper waste disposal and other environmental infractions.

The closure of the markets was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Monday.

LAWMA said the decisive action comes after several warnings from LAWMA to markets across the state to shun filth and embrace proper environmental hygiene.

The Managing Director of LAWMA, Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said the authority’s decision to shut down the markets was arrived at after several warnings about their non-compliance with the state’s Environmental Protection Laws.

Gbadegesin stated that despite LAWMA’s several measures to improve the environment across the state, some individuals and markets have undermined their 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, he added

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 emphasise that once a market is closed, it would meet all requirements before being reopened for business”, Gbadegesin said.

The list of markets at risk of imminent shutdown includes the 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 in Amukoko, and others.

In a related development, Gbadegesin disclosed plans to remove illegal market structures sprouting across the metropolis.

These structures, including the Fiki Marina fruit market, Victoria Island market by Abraham Adesanya roundabout in Ajah, Jakande market by Jakande bus stop, Traders Opposite Oniru Market in Oniru, and New Road Market by New Road Bus Stop, have posed safety hazards and impeded traffic flow and urban planning efforts.

The LAWMA director noted that “removing illegal market structures is pivotal for urban planning and development.

It allows for proper zoning and allocation of spaces, ensuring a more organised and aesthetically pleasing cityscape.”

He further disclosed that the authority was seeking collaboration with market associations, local authorities, and relevant stakeholders to ensure the success of these initiatives, adding that the agency would provide guidance and support to markets towards establishing efficient waste management systems that comply with established regulations.

Gbadegesin, however, urged markets in the state to support the authority’s efforts by following stipulated waste management guidelines, adding that with the agency’s efforts and the cooperation of residents, the state would witness significant improvement in waste management, resulting in a cleaner and healthier environment for all.