By Kunle Adedoyin
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has suspended all business activities at the popular Oyingbo Market over sundry environmental infractions.
Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Managing Director of LAWMA, said in a statement on Thursday that the infractions included indiscriminate refuse dumping and refusal to patronise Private Sector Participation operators.
Others were roadside trading and poor hygienic practices resulting in serious environmental problems in the area.
Gbadegesin said that an abatement notice and several warnings issued to the traders yielded no result, thus necessitating the closure.
He said that the market would be reopened when traders began to comply with government’s rules and regulations by shunning indiscriminate refuse disposal and patronising assigned PSP operators.
Gbadwgesin appealed to other markets in the state to imbibe the culture of effective waste disposal as markets whose activities are found detrimental to the health and environmental well being of the populace would be shut down until further notice.
He said efforts of the state government to enthrone sustainable environment are being undermined by some individuals who will rather dump refuse in unauthorised locations, hence the need for total enforcement.
“The act of indiscriminate refuse disposal in the city poses grave danger to public health and economic growth.
“Before now, we adopted moral suasion as a tool to persuade residents to shun indiscriminate dumping.
“In spite of our efforts, some people have bluntly refused to turn a new leaf. Now we have commenced total enforcement to put defaulters in check,” Gbadegesin said.