Lagos govt close down popular Market, here’s why

The Lagos State Government gave an instantaneous command of the closure of Ladipo Market, Mushin, due to environmental infractions including: reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises, and non-payment of waste bills, among others.

Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, who is the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, had ordered the closure on Saturday, the 29th of September.

He said that the market would remain closed until the conditions of redress were met by traders and market stakeholders.

Stating also that these mandatory efforts would imprint conformity in markets all over the state. 

Wahab stated clearly the importance of environmental hygiene in markets. “It is imperative that markets in the state adhere strictly to environmental laws and regulations put in place for the well-being of residents.

The closure of Ladipo market serves as a stern reminder that no entity, regardless of its size or influence, is above the law.”

Afterwards he declared that the state government would collaborate with market stakeholders, to enable necessary adjustments and improvements, to ensure that they meet the required environmental standards.

He stated plainly that the market would not resume its activities until critical measures are taken.

According to the commissioner, “Ladipo Market, a prominent hub for automotive spare parts and related services, has been a focal point for environmental concerns due to various activities that contravene established regulations.

Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA’s intervention is a significant step towards rectifying these issues and bringing the market to compliance.”

The Managing Director, LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, stated that during the closure there would be thorough assessment of the environmental impact of the market’s activities. The implementation of necessary remedial measures would serve as a clear signal that LAWMA would not delay in taking drastic actions when necessary.

According to him, “As Lagos State continues to grow and develop, it is imperative that economic activities are conducted in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally responsible. LAWMA’s recent actions demonstrate the authority’s commitment to this cause.

“The offensive against environmental infractions will continue till sanity is restored in our markets, while the next stop will be illegal markets.”

Activities in Oyinbo, Alayabiagba, Oke-Odo markets and part of Tejuosho Market were hampered too.