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Lagos State Government Opens Mile 12 Market

Last updated on October 19th, 2023 at 06:29 pm

Following a comprehensive assessment, the Lagos State Government has decided to reopen the Mile 12 International Market, which was temporarily closed last Friday. The assessment focused on ensuring compliance with environmental standards, proper waste management practices, and overall cleanliness within the market.

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, emphasized that matters vital to environmental preservation, public health, and safety were non-negotiable. The government would not stand idly by as these values were jeopardized by the actions of a few.

Wahab stressed the need to change the prevailing nonchalant attitude towards the environment. He highlighted the reciprocal relationship between how we treat the environment and how it, in turn, impacts us. The government’s priority is to protect the well-being of the people.

In light of full compliance with environmental standards and safety protocols, the Lagos State Government has promptly ordered the reopening of Mile 12 International Market. Despite extensive advocacy and public awareness efforts, the government has been left with no alternative but to take decisive action.

Wahab emphasized that this enforcement action would be ongoing, as no government derives satisfaction from market closures. He urged traders to adhere to established standards, particularly with regards to hygiene, for the sake of their own health and the well-being of the public. The government will not hesitate to close down any market that reverts to unsanitary practices.

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), reaffirmed the Authority’s commitment to environmental sustainability and public safety, particularly in and around market facilities across the state.

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