In response to persistent disregard for warnings regarding proper environmental hygiene and waste disposal in Lagos, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has taken stern action by sealing Oyingbo and Alayabiagba Markets in Lagos Mainland. These closures are part of a broader crackdown on markets across the city that have failed to comply with environmental regulations.
Numerous other markets, including Tejuosho Model Market Phase 1, Ladipo Market in Mushin, Anjorin Market, Irewolede Plank Market, Idi-Araba Obele Market, Oni Baba Market, and more, are on the verge of being shut down due to improper waste disposal and various environmental infractions.
Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, emphasized that these closures were the result of repeated warnings and noncompliance with the state’s Environmental Protection Laws, which maintain a zero-tolerance stance toward environmental offenses such as indiscriminate refuse dumping, defacement of the environment, and refusal to pay for waste services.
Dr. Gbadegesin stated, “LAWMA has continued to work relentlessly to improve the environment across the state, particularly commercial facilities, by putting in place several measures aimed at maintaining the cleanliness of the city. However, some individuals and markets are busy undermining our efforts by refusing to abide by the laws and regulations. As the need arises, such individuals, dealers, and markets will be dealt with, in accordance with the law.”
He warned that other markets engaging in irresponsible waste disposal and environmental violations would face similar consequences, including accountability for their executive members. He stressed that the closure of markets would only be reversed once they meet all requirements for compliance.
In addition to these market closures, LAWMA is planning to dislodge illegal market structures throughout the metropolis, including those posing safety hazards and hindering traffic flow. Dr. Gbadegesin reiterated the importance of removing these illegal structures for urban planning and development, ensuring proper zoning and allocation of spaces, and enhancing the city’s aesthetics.
LAWMA is seeking collaboration with market associations, local authorities, and stakeholders to ensure the success of these initiatives and establish efficient waste management systems that comply with regulations. Dr. Gbadegesin urged markets to support these efforts, emphasizing that with collective action, Lagos would see significant improvements in waste management and a cleaner, healthier environment for all residents.