LAWMA Shuts Sangotedo Market over environmental infractions



Eniola Ajayi

For poor environmental conducts and lack of concern for proper hygiene, the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has shut down business activities at Sangotedo Market in Eti Osa Local Government.

LAWMA’s action is premised on the State Governor’s executive order on traffic and sanitation matters, which stresses government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing of the environment.

The Agency’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Folashade Kadiri, confirmed the development saying that the step was to check the spate of indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor hygiene on the part of the traders.

Mrs Kadiri stressed that the infractions had resulted in serious environmental problem in the area which if not tackled posed a great danger to public health.

“Government’s efforts at restoring environmental sanity in the area were being thwarted by unhygienic activities of traders, who had consistently violated environmental laws and refused to patronize assigned PSP operators,” she hinted.

According to her, the management was working round the clock to reposition the organization to rid the State of waste, necessitating the introduction of “Lagos at 4 am” operation and other laudable initiatives, aimed at restoring environmental integrity in Lagos State.

Severe sanctions
The Public Affairs Director added that the authority had strongly warned of severe sanctions, including further closure of markets that indulge in indiscriminate dumping of refuse and on road medians.
Mrs Kadiri urged residents to support the State government’s quest to establish sustainable and livable environment that would be the pride of everyone, adding that they should shun indiscriminate waste disposal but rather patronize assigned PSP operators.
LAWMA had in February this year warned that it would shut down Ladipo ultra-modern market in Mushin, due to poor waste management practices, a plan later shelved after the traders turned a new leaf.


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