Following the abuse of environmental laws, the Lagos State Government has ordered the immediate closure of Ladipo Market, Mushin.
Tokunbo Wahab, the Environment and Water Resources Commissioner ordered the closure in the early hours of Friday.
He said the market would remain closed until traders and market stakeholders met the mandatory conditions of redress, adding that it was part of ongoing efforts at instilling compliance in markets around the state.
Speaking on the development, Wahab underscored the critical importance of environmental hygiene in markets, noting that “Markets in the state must adhere strictly to environmental laws and regulations for residents’ well-being.
The closure of the Ladipo market serves as a stern reminder that no entity, regardless of its size or influence, is above the law.”
Wahab stated that the state government was fully committed to collaborating with market stakeholders to facilitate necessary adjustments and improvements to enable them to meet required environmental standards, adding that the market would not be reopened for business until set standards were met.
The commissioner said, “Ladipo Market, a prominent hub for automotive spare parts and related services, has been a focal point for environmental concerns due to various activities that contravene established regulations. Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA’s intervention is a significant step towards rectifying these issues and bringing the market to compliance.”