The ever busy Sangotedo Market in Eti Osa, Lagos, has been shut down by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), due to indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor hygiene practices by traders which has created serious environmental problem in the area.
The shutdown was contained in a press release by LAWMA’s director of public affairs, Mrs. Folashade Kadiri. The release cited the governor’s executive order on traffic and sanitation matters, which stresses government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing the environment.
The agency 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 patronize assigned PSP operators.
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 4 am” operation and other laudable initiatives, aimed at restoring environmental integrity in the state.
The statement further said that the authority had strongly warned of severe sanctions, including further closure of markets that indulge in indiscriminate dumping of refuse and on road medians.
It urged residents to support the state government’s quest to establish sustainable and livable environment that would be the pride of everyone, adding that they should shun indiscriminate waste disposal and patronize assigned PSP operators.
It would be recalled that 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 Authority, please call these toll-free lines 617, 07080601020 or send a direct message via Twitter @lawma_gov”, the release further stated.
Source: The Nation