Lagos state government seals off Oke-Afa, Katangua markets over unhygienic practices

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The Lagos state government has sealed off Oke-Afa market, Isolo; and Katangua market, Abule Egba, “for violating waste disposal regulations” including “sundry unhygienic practices”.

NAN reports that Folashade Kadiri, director of public affairs at the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), disclosed the development in a statement issued on Monday.

Kadiri said the closure of the markets became imperative to curb mounting environmental health concerns.

Tokunbo Wahab, commissioner for environment and water resources in Lagos, said the government’s zero tolerance for waste initiative which commenced last year was still on course.

Wahab said any market or facility that does not dispose waste properly would be sanctioned.

“The government has not jettisoned its zero tolerance for waste initiative which we have been pursuing since last year,” Wahab said.

“The only way for markets and traders is to engage in decent and civilised waste disposal practices as outlined by LAWMA.

“Any market or facility that runs foul of this arrangement will face sanctions.”

The commissioner assured residents that the markets would remain sealed until stringent hygiene and waste disposal measures are implemented and compliance maintained.

He added that the state government is totally committed to ensuring cleanliness in all parts of the metropolis.

“The health and well-being of our residents are paramount. We cannot allow a few persons to endanger the health of many through irresponsible environmental practices,” he added.

“The sealing of these markets is a necessary step to compel compliance and safeguard public health.”