Environment: LAWMA shuts Sangotedo Market, warns others against indiscriminate dumping of refuse

File photo of a dirty market environment in Lagos
Business activities at Sangotedo Market, Eti Osa, Lagos State have been put on hold by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), due to indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor hygiene practices by traders, resulting in serious environmental problem in the area.
The Director of Public Affairs at LAWMA, Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, made this known in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

According to the statement, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had given an executive order on traffic and sanitation matters, which emphasised the government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse, defacing the environment.

It noted that 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.

It also noted that the management was working earnestly to re-positioning the organisation to rid the state of waste, as it started the “Lagos at 4 am” operation and other laudable initiatives, aimed at restoring environmental integrity in the state.

It 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.

It 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 and patronize assigned PSP operators.

It would be recalled that in February 2019, LAWMA 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.

For complaints and inquiries on the activities of the Authority, please call these toll-free lines 617, 07080601020 or send a direct message via Twitter @lawma_gov.