The Lagos State Government has recently reopened several markets in the Mushin area that were previously shut down due to rampant environmental violations, particularly indiscriminate waste disposal. Among these markets were Mushin Main Market, Ojuwoye, Awolowo, Irepodun, and Daleko markets.
Expressing the reason behind the temporary closure, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, emphasised that the indiscriminate dumping of waste in these markets posed significant threats to public health and the general well-being of the residents in the locality. He highlighted, “Our decision to close Mushin markets was rooted in the urgent need to rectify environmental malpractices that posed a threat to public health and the overall well-being of people living in the area.”
Reacting to the situation, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), stressed that the ongoing enforcement efforts targeting unclean markets are part of a continuous process. He affirmed the commitment of the authority to tirelessly work until every corner of the state reflects cleanliness and improved health standards.
Gbadegesin further assured the public of stringent monitoring and enforcement measures that will persist to prevent a recurrence of past environmental issues witnessed in some markets. He asserted, “The authority will not fail to wield the hammer against non-compliant business facilities,” emphasising LAWMA’s commitment to ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.