The Lagos State Government has issued an order for the immediate reopening of the Mile 12 International Market following its closure on Friday.
Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, disclosed that the decision was reached after a comprehensive evaluation encompassing various aspects of environmental compliance, waste management practices, and overall cleanliness within the market.
Emphasizing the significance of environmental preservation, public health, and safety, Wahab stressed that these values were non-negotiable. He underscored the government’s firm stance against any compromise that could jeopardize these critical aspects.
“We cannot continue to be nonchalant about our environment. Our negative attitude towards the environment must stop. The way we treat the environment is the way the environment treats us. We cannot fold our arms and allow the nonchalance of a few to affect the majority of the people,” Wahab asserted.
“Following full compliance with environmental standards and safety measures earlier listed as precondition for reopening shut markets, the Lagos State Government has ordered immediate reopening of Mile 12 International Market.
“Inspite of several advocacy and public Enlightenment, government is left with no choice than to enforce. The enforcement exercise will be a continuous one, as no Government takes delight in shutting down markets.”
Furthermore, he urged the traders to adhere to the prescribed standards of hygiene, emphasizing that the government would not hesitate to shut down any market that reverted to unsanitary practices.
Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), reiterated the agency’s commitment to ensuring environmental sustainability and public safety, particularly in market areas across the state.
“The temporary closure of Mile 12 Market was necessary to address observed environmental concerns. Our aim is to ensure that all markets in Lagos, including Mile 12, operate in line with environmental regulations, creating a safer and healthier trading environment for everyone involved,” Dr. Gbadegesin affirmed.