In an effort to ensure a clean and healthy environment around business facilities, the Lagos State Government has reopened the Alaba International Market and several markets at the Trade Fair Complex in Ojo. These markets were previously shut down due to improper waste management and other environmental infractions.
Addressing concerns of political motives behind the closure, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, emphasized that the closure was solely aimed at promoting cleanliness and environmental sustainability. He stated that the decision to reopen the markets was based on a rigorous assessment and the implementation of stringent environmental standards. These standards are in place to ensure that businesses in the state operate in a manner that is not detrimental to the environment and the well-being of the people.
Maintaining a harmonious balance between commerce and environmental health is of utmost significance, according to Wahab. To achieve this, the government will continue to enforce strict regulations and will not hesitate to seal any market or corporate facility found to be in violation of these standards.
Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority, commented on the reopening of the markets, stating that they worked closely with market officials to ensure compliance with environmental standards. He emphasized the importance of operating markets in an economically viable and environmentally responsible manner. This includes proper waste management, zero tolerance for open burning of waste, and zero tolerance for dumping of wastes in drainage channels.
By reopening the Alaba International Market and the Trade Fair Markets, the Lagos State Government has demonstrated its commitment to fostering a clean and healthy business environment. Moving forward, it is crucial for businesses to adhere to the established environmental standards in order to promote environmental sustainability and the overall well-being of residents.