…Reiterates Commitment to Zero Tolerance for Reckless Waste Disposal
The Lagos State Government has sealed markets within the Trade Fair International Complex, located at Lagos-Badagry expressway, Ojo, over a series of environmental infractions, particularly improper waste disposal and burning of waste, which had raised concerns about public health and the well-being of people in the area.
The enforcement was carried out in partnership with the Lagos Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offenses and the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC).
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, expressed the state government’s unalloyed commitment to maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment for all residents, noting that such enforcement measures were essential to safeguarding public health and ensuring a high quality of life for Lagosians.
“We cannot compromise on environmental standards. Closing some markets within the Trade Fair Complex is necessary to rectify the infractions that have persisted in the area. We are dedicated to restoring the environment and ensuring the well-being of residents.
He stated that the enforcement action served as a clear message that environmental compliance was non-negotiable in Lagos State, reinforcing the state government’s zero-tolerance policy and commitment to fostering a sustainable and livable environment for all residents.
Speaking further, he said the move followed the recent closure of markets that have been found to be in violation of environmental laws, such as Ladipo, Alamutu, Plazas in Tejuosho, Oyingbo, Mile 12, and Oke-Odo markets, underscoring the government’s determination to enforce environmental laws that promote a cleaner and healthier cityscape.
The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, emphasised LAWMA’s commitment to collaborating with relevant stakeholders to ensure proper waste management practices across markets in the state.
“It is imperative that we all take responsibility for our environment. We are ready to provide the necessary support and expertise to ensure that our markets and communities adhere to the highest environmental standards,” Gbadegesin said.
He condemned in totality the practice of refuse burning in open places, cautioning on the adverse effect such would have on human health. He urged residents to imbibe the culture of waste containerization, as well as patronizing assigned PSP operators.
For waste management-related issues in your area, call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.