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The Lagos State Government has closed down Oke-Afa Market, Isolo Market, and Katangua Market in Abule Egba due to violations of waste disposal regulations and various unhygienic practices. These actions are considered serious environmental infractions, prompting the government to take stringent measures.

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, emphasized the continuation of the government’s zero-tolerance for waste initiative, which was initiated last year. Wahab warned that any market or facility found engaging in reckless waste disposal practices would face sanctions.

Wahab stated, “The government has not jettisoned its zero tolerance for waste initiative which we have been pursuing since last year. The only way for markets and traders is to engage in decent and civilized waste disposal practices as outlined by the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA. Any market or facility that runs foul of this arrangement will face sanctions.”

The commissioner assured residents that the sealed markets would remain closed until stringent hygiene and waste disposal measures were implemented and compliance maintained. He reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring cleanliness throughout the metropolis.

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Wahab added, “The health and well-being of our residents are paramount. We cannot allow a few to endanger the health of many through irresponsible environmental practices. The sealing of these markets is a necessary step to compel compliance and safeguard public health.”

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Managing Director of LAWMA, urged market executives to mobilize their members to adhere to waste management regulations. Gbadegesin warned that the zero-tolerance initiative would be pursued more vigorously this year, and markets failing to embrace basic waste disposal practices would face sanctions.

He appealed to market executives to work harder in mobilizing their members to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment. Gbadegesin emphasized LAWMA’s commitment to maintaining a clean environment and called for cooperation from all stakeholders, including market operators and traders.

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