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


File photo of a dirty market environment in Lagos

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

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