The Lagos State government has reopened Ladipo Market.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, had on September 29, ordered the closure of the market for several environmental infractions including, reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises, and non-payment of waste bills, among others.
In a statement by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), the market was reopened for business activities after meeting the most essential criteria set for reopening sealed markets.
According to the statement, “The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, said business activities would commence at the popular spare parts market, after its recent closure for various environmental infractions.
“He noted that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu prioritised the issue of clean environment, public health, and safety, in line with the THEMES Plus agenda, which informed the recent drive, to enforce strict compliance with waste management best practice, across markets in the state.
“The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, reaffirmed the Authority’s commitment to environmental sustainability and public safety, particularly within markets and around business facilities, stressing that the goal was to ensure all markets in Lagos State, followed laid down environmental rules, resulting in a safer and healthier business environment for buyers and sellers.
“Gbadegesin urged the traders to support the efforts of the State Government, by adhering strictly to the environmental laws, as markets that ran foul risked indefinite closure.”