July 31, (THEWILL) – The Lagos State Government on Friday ordered the indefinite closure of Ladipo Market, in Mushin Local Government Area, for flouting repeated environmental warnings against indiscriminate dumping of junk auto parts.
A statement by the Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Hakeem Akinleye, said, the market would remain shut until the traders turned a new leaf by adhering to the environmental laws that were put in place to protect the environment and residents.
LAWMA said the deplorable state of the environment within and around the market is appalling.
It appealed to other markets and business centres in Lagos to shun indiscriminate dumping of refuse and other related environmental offences to avoid suffering the same fate as Ladipo Market.
According to LAWMA, the infractions could not be overlooked due to flagrant acts of improper waste disposal that could aid an outbreak of disease across the state.
The agency assured residents of Lagos that it would leave no stone unturned in making sure sanitation law defaulters were adequately penalised for their actions to serve as a deterrent to others considering to embark on such.
LAWMA urged traders in markets across the state, as well as other residents, to support the agency in its efforts to rid the environment of waste pollution, adding that people should patronise assigned PSP operators and pay their waste bills promptly.