Lagos Takes Bold Action: Oke-Afa and Katangua Markets Shut Down Amidst Rising Concerns Over Filth

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In an effort to address escalating environmental health issues, the Lagos State Government has taken decisive action by closing down the Oke-Afa Market in Isolo and the Katangua Market in Abule Egba. This action comes as a response to the violation of waste disposal regulations and various unhygienic practices observed in and around these markets, which pose serious environmental threats.

Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, commented on this development, emphasizing the government’s unwavering commitment to its zero-tolerance policy for improper waste disposal. He highlighted that the initiative, initiated last year, remains steadfast, underscoring that any market or facility found engaging in irresponsible waste disposal practices will face appropriate sanctions.

“The government has not jettisoned it’s zero tolerance for waste initiative which we have been pursuing since last year. The only way for markets and traders, is to engage in decent and civilised waste disposal practices as outlined by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA). Any market or facility that runs foul of this arrangement will face sanctions”, he said.

Residents were reassured by Mr. Wahab that the closure of the markets would persist until rigorous hygiene and waste disposal measures were put in place and sustained compliance was achieved. He further emphasized the state government’s complete dedication to ensuring cleanliness throughout all areas of the metropolis.

“The health and well-being of our residents are paramount. We cannot allow a few to endanger the health of many through irresponsible environmental practices. The sealing of these markets is a necessary step to compel compliance and safeguard public health”, he said.

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, emphasized the importance of market executives taking proactive measures to ensure compliance with waste management regulations. He urged them to consistently mobilize their members to adhere to these regulations, which include utilizing the provided double dino bins in markets and maintaining hygienic practices in their operations.

Dr. Gbadegesin outlined the straightforward rules for market engagement, stating, “The rules of engagement are simple enough, and the markets are all familiar with them: Do not dispose of waste recklessly; use the dino bins; avoid waste disposal on road medians around markets; deploy waste policing to prevent and apprehend outsiders messing up your markets, and pay your waste bills promptly. It is as simple as that.”

He issued a warning that the zero-tolerance initiative would be pursued more vigorously in the current year. Markets failing to adopt basic and responsible waste disposal practices would face sanctions.

Additionally, Gbadegesin appealed to market executives to intensify their efforts in mobilizing their members to contribute to preserving the environment for the collective well-being. He reiterated LAWMA’s commitment to ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment, emphasizing the importance of cooperation from all stakeholders, including market operators and traders.

“LAWMA deploys resources daily to clear waste from markets across the state. However, our efforts are often hampered by poor waste management practices within the markets themselves. We urge traders and market authorities to adopt responsible waste disposal habits and work with LAWMA to maintain clean and healthy environments”, noted.

For any waste management-related concerns, individuals are encouraged to contact LAWMA through their toll-free numbers: 080000LAWMA (08000052962), 07080601020, and 617. Alternatively, inquiries can be sent via email to

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