Lagos Waste management authority shuts market

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA has shut down business activities at Sangotedo Market in Eti Osa Local Government area of the state.

This follows the consistent and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor hygiene practices by traders, a development which has resulted in serious environmental problem in the area.

In a statement by LAWMA’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, it cited the recent Governor Sanwo-Olu’s executive order on traffic and sanitation matters, which stresses government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing the environment.

It noted that government’s efforts at restoring environmental sanity in the area were being thwarted by unhygienic activities of traders, who had consistently violated environmental laws and refused to patronise assigned PSP operators.

Repositioning LAWMA
It stressed that ”the management was working round the clock to reposition the organisation to rid the State of waste, necessitating the introduction of “Lagos at 4am” operation and other laudable initiatives, aimed at restoring environmental integrity.”

The statement further said that “the authority has strongly warned the people of severe sanctions, including further closure of markets that indulge in indiscriminate dumping of refuse and on road medians.”

People’s support
It however urged residents to support the State government’s quest to establish sustainable and liveable environment that would be the pride of everyone while enjoining them to shun indiscriminate waste disposal and patronise assigned PSP operators.

In February 2019, LAWMA warned that it would shut down Ladipo ultra-modern market in Mushin, due to poor waste management practices, a plan later shelved after the traders turned a new leaf.

For complaints and inquiries on the activities of the agency, there are toll-free lines 617, 07080601020 or a direct message via Twitter @lawma_gov.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere