Sanwo-Olu’s wife tasks market leaders on security, ssanitation
The wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has tasked market men and women to pay special attention to security situation in markets across the state. She also implored them to ensure proper sanitation in markets.
Sanwo-Olu spoke at a one-day seminar on market sanitation and security for market leaders by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), in conjunction with Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs.
She said security and safety was intentionally included in the seminar because for the first time, security had become everybody’s business and that, as market men and women and community leaders, they must be conscious of the need to make security a priority.
“When we see something, we must say something. For us in Lagos State, the state of insecurity in Nigeria, today, has also made it necessary to implement new measures, such as ban of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada to sanitise the state and secure our people.”
In his welcome address, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed said the timeliness of the seminar could not be undermined, especially after the recent inauguration of the Lagos State Market Advisory Council (LASMAC) by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.
“This is chiefly one of the state government’s efforts to make Lagos State a 21st century economy and this, no doubt, is a proof that Mr Governor intends to leave no sector or individual behind in achieving the dream of, “A Greater Lagos”.
“In our markets, at various local councils and LCDAs, and in our communities; men and women of different ethnic and religious leanings dwell happily together, in peace and cordial atmosphere, pursuing their daily businesses,” he said.
Ahmed stated that much as the government was happy for this and would want the peaceful co-existence to continue, the current security situation in the country required that all paid attention to the smallest detail and be very vigilant.
He said this meant also that market men and women must promptly report to the appropriate government agency any suspicious act, capable of causing a breach of the peace.
“It means also, that we must continue to respect and tolerate one another, recognising that we are products of different backgrounds and cherished beliefs,” he added.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Belinda Oyeneye, advised market traders to ensure they improve personal hygiene and encouraged them to imbibe the culture of sorting at source, stressing that the, ‘Waste to Wealth Initiative’ by the state government has come to stay.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, adjudged Ikorodu division as the cleanest and appealed that traders should shun the use of cart pushers, outlawed in Lagos State.
The Chairman, Lagos State Market Advisory Council (LASMAC), Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, stated that traders should be conscious of their immediate environment by informing security operatives of any suspicious acts that could lead to breach of security.
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