Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) said next Thursday both Ladipo and Oyingbo markets will be closed until further notice due to reckless waste dumping, refusal to pay for waste services and a general bad waste management situation in the markets.
LAWMA’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, made this known in a statement by Folashade Kadiri (Mrs), Director, Public Affairs of the Authority, in which he said that the unhealthy environmental practices of traders in those markets, despite repeated warnings, for necessary and immediate sanctions.
According to him, the Authority’s move is also intended as a deterrent to other lax markets.
“Our attention has been drawn to the deplorable state of the environment around Ladipo Market, Mushin and Oyingbo Market, due to the reckless dumping of waste by traders.
“Despite providing environmental degradation warnings, they have continued with the mindless environmental violation. We have no choice but to invoke the necessary sanction to close the markets. This is also intended as a deterrent to other slack markets,” he said.
Odumboni said the Authority has recently redoubled its efforts to ensure that business activities in all Lagos markets are conducted in a clean and safe environment, for the benefit of all.
“We have stepped up our sanitation efforts by deploying trucks to remove black spots in the metropolis, especially business facilities,” he said.
The LAWMA chief expressed his sadness that these efforts were frustrated by the activities of mischievous individuals who would rather randomly dump their garbage on the road than pay for garbage services.
He urged traders in other markets to adhere strictly to environmental hygiene or risk closing their markets indefinitely.
In another development, a mobile court in Oshodi has convicted two environmental offenders, detained on the Ikeja and Lekki axis respectively, for burning waste and dumping waste into drains during rainfall.
The first offender was sentenced on two charges to one year in prison or a fine of 50,000, respectively, and one month in prison, with no possibility of a fine, while the second offender was remanded to a correctional facility, pending the terms of the sentence. bail .
The LAWMA chief reiterated the agency’s determination to eradicate all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal in the metropolis, adding that the enforcement team had been tasked with monitoring the environment and arresting individuals seeking to disrupt LAWMA’s efforts. derailed to make Lagos cleaner and more livable.
He called on residents to adopt the practice of effective waste management, bagging and storing their waste in containers so that the designated PSPs can evacuate them easily, adding that delaying the evacuation should be reported by PSP to the Authority, using its toll-free lines, namely: 07080601020 and 617 as, in his view, excuse when caught would not be entertained.
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