In a bid to enforce environmental compliance, Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, has ordered the immediate closure of Ladipo Market in Mushin. The closure comes as a response to multiple environmental offenses, including reckless waste disposal, unhygienic conditions, non-payment of waste bills, and more.
Wahab emphasized that the market would remain closed until traders and market stakeholders fulfill the required conditions for redress. This move is part of the ongoing efforts to ensure that markets throughout the state adhere to environmental laws and regulations.
Highlighting the significance of environmental hygiene in markets, Wahab stated, “It is imperative that markets in the state adhere strictly to environmental laws and regulations put in place for the well-being of residents.” He made it clear that the closure of Ladipo Market serves as a reminder that no entity, regardless of its size or influence, is exempt from the law.
The state government is committed to collaborating with market stakeholders to facilitate necessary adjustments and improvements, bringing the market up to required environmental standards. Ladipo Market will only be allowed to reopen for business once these standards are met.
Ladipo Market, known for automotive spare parts and related services, has been a subject of environmental concerns due to various activities that contravene established regulations. The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) intervention aims to address these issues and ensure market compliance.
The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, emphasized that the closure allows for a comprehensive assessment of the market’s environmental impact and the implementation of remedial measures. It serves as a clear signal that LAWMA will take decisive actions when environmental laws are violated.
This closure follows similar actions taken against Oyingbo, Alayabiagba, Oke-odo markets, and sections of Tejuosho Market, all part of the state government’s commitment to restore environmental order in Lagos.