The Lagos State Government has sealed Oke-Afa Market, Isolo Market, and Katangua Market in Abule Egba due to violations of waste disposal regulations and unhygienic practices, posing significant environmental threats.
Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to its zero-tolerance initiative for waste, emphasizing that any market or facility engaging in irresponsible waste disposal would face sanctions.
Wahab stated, “The government has not abandoned 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 underscored the government’s dedication to ensuring cleanliness across the metropolis.
Wahab emphasized, “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.”