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Indiscriminate dumping of waste, LAWMA to shut down markets

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Scene of the clash in Ilepo market in Lagos state
Lagos Waste Management Authority

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), yesterday, said it will from next Thursday, shut down both Ladipo and Oyingbo markets till further notice, for reckless dumping of waste, refusal to pay for waste services, and general poor waste management situation at the markets.

LAWMA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who disclosed this in a statement noted that the unwholesome environmental practices by traders in those markets, despite repeated warnings, called for necessary and immediate sanctions.

He said: “Our attention has been drawn to the deplorable state of the environment around Ladipo Market, Mushin and Oyingbo Markets, resulting from reckless waste dumping by traders.

“Despite serving them abatement notices, they have continued the mindless environmental violation. We are left with no other choice than to evoke the necessary sanction of shutting down the markets. This is also meant to serve as a deterrent to other nonchalant markets.

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“The authority had, in recent times, redoubled efforts to ensure that business activities in all Lagos markets were carried out in a clean and safe environment, for the good of all.

“We have intensified our sanitation efforts by deploying trucks to clear black spots across the metropolis, especially business facilities.

“However, these efforts are being tainted by the activities of mischievous persons who would rather dump their waste indiscriminately on the roads, than pay for waste services.”

Odumboni, urged traders in other markets to adhere strictly to environmental hygiene or risk indefinite closure of their markets.

In a related development, a mobile court sitting in Oshodi has sentenced two environmental offenders, for waste burning and dumping refuse in the drain during rainfall, both were apprehended at Ikeja and Lekki areas respectively.

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The first offender, who was charged on a two-counts, was sentenced to one year imprisonment or an option of ₦50,000 fine, and one month imprisonment, without the option of a fine. The second offender was remanded in a correctional facility, pending bail conditions.

The LAWMA boss reiterated the determination of the agency to stamp out all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal in the metropolis, adding that the enforcement team had been mandated to monitor the environment and arrest persons bent on derailing efforts of the Authority to make Lagos cleaner and livable.

He appealed to residents to imbibe the habit of effective waste management, by bagging and containerising their waste, for easy evacuation by assigned PSPs, adding that delay of evacuation by PSP should be reported to the authority, using its toll-free lines, as excuse when caught would not be entertained.

For waste management related issues in your location, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617.

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