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 a serious environmental problem in the area.
A statement issued by LAWMA’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, cited the Governor’s Executive Order on traffic and sanitation matters, which stressed the State government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse as well as defacing of the environment.
It noted that the 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 patronise assigned PSP operators.
Kadiri stressed that the management was working round the clock to reposition the organisation to rid the State of waste, necessitating the introduction of “Lagos at 4 a.m” operation and other laudable initiatives aimed at restoring environmental integrity in the State.
The statement further said that the authority had strongly warned of severe sanctions, including further closure of markets that indulge in indiscriminate dumping of refuse on road medians. It urged residents to support the State government’s quest to establish a sustainable and livable environment that would be the pride of everyone, stressing the need to shun indiscriminate waste disposal through the patronage of assigned PSP operators.
The statement also encouraged all residents to call toll-free lines 617, 07080601020 or send a direct message via Twitter @lawma_gov for complaints and inquiries on the activities of the Authority. Recall 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.