LAGOS SHUTS OKE-AFA, KATANGUA MARKETS OVER ENVIRONMENTAL INFRACTIONS
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on January 22, 2024
Lagos State has flexed its muscles against environmental infractions, shutting down Oke-Afa Market, Isolo, and Katangua Market, Abule Egba, for egregious violations of waste disposal regulations. The markets, overflowing with trash and plagued by unhygienic practices, posed a serious health threat to residents, prompting swift action from authorities.
Tokunbo Wahab, Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, issued a firm warning: “Our ‘zero tolerance’ for waste initiative is not relenting. Any market or facility jeopardizing public health through reckless waste disposal will face consequences.” He assured residents that the closures would remain in effect until stringent hygiene and waste management measures were implemented and consistently maintained. “The state government is unwavering in its commitment to a clean and healthy Lagos,” Wahab asserted.
Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), echoed the tough stance. “This year, our ‘zero tolerance’ initiative intensifies,” he declared. “Markets refusing basic and decent waste disposal practices will not escape sanctions.” Gbadegesin extended a hand to market executives, urging them to “mobilize their members and do what’s right. Preserving our environment benefits everyone.”
This decisive action sends a clear message: Lagos will not tolerate filthy markets jeopardizing public health. The closures serve as a wake-up call to other markets, urging them to prioritize proper waste management or face similar consequences. The onus now lies on market executives and authorities to work together, implementing sustainable solutions for a cleaner and healthier Lagos.
Source: Jordan105.5fm News Bulletin