LASG reopens all closed markets

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Lagos, Oct. 9, 2023 – The Lagos State Government has reopened all markets closed down in the state due to poor sanitation.

The affected markets are Ladipo, Oyingbo, Alamutu Ologede, and Ile-Epo markets.

Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director of Lagos State Waste Management Agency {LAWMA), announced the reopening of the markets on Monday.

He said: “Following extensive renovations and compliance measures, including, the implementation of stringent conditions and a written mandatory undertaking for reopening, Ladipo Market, Oyingbo Market, Alamutu Ologede Market, and Ile-Epo Oke Odo Market, have been reopened today for business transactions.”

Gbadegesin directed that the reopened markets must comply with some mandatory conditions.

“These conditions include providing a designated waste point; installation of block work fence and platforms for the placement of double dino bins; procurement of double dino bins for waste containerisation; commitment to putting in place sustainable market waste policing to guarantee constant cleanliness of the market environment.

“Enforce proper waste disposal regulations; engagement of bin keepers; collaboration with accredited PSP operators for timely evacuation.

“Prompt payment of waste bills, as well as dislodging street traders from road medians and setbacks and preventing unauthorised vending.”

He described a filthy market as a breeding ground for diseases like cholera, typhoid, Lassa fever, ebola, malaria and others.

Gbadegesin said that the state could not watch the markets expose the people of Lagos State to such filthy conditions.

“We want to make it abundantly clear that any future violations will attract stiffer sanctions, including the permanent closure of the offending market,” he said. (GBN)

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