Lagos State Government Closes Okeodo Market Due to Environmental Violations – The Lagos State Government has recently ordered the closure of Okeodo Market, located at Ile-Epo near Abule Egba, due to its non-compliance with the state’s stringent environmental regulations. This decisive action comes merely two days following the government’s similar closures of Oyingbo and Alayabiagba markets situated in Lagos Mainland for analogous environmental infractions.
Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, elucidated that the shut-down of Okeodo Market is an imperative measure to ensure public spaces within the state adhere scrupulously to mandated cleanliness standards. Wahab issued a stern warning to other markets within the state, highlighting that they face an imminent risk of closure should they fail to properly manage waste disposal and commit other environmental violations.
Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), echoed Wahab’s sentiments, stating that the Okeodo Market closure serves as a stark reminder and wake-up call for market operators and stakeholders. Gbadegesin emphasized that compliance with cleanliness standards is non-negotiable and urged entities to implement robust practices to maintain environmental cleanliness within their operational premises.
This series of market closures is part of a broader initiative by the Lagos State Government aimed at mitigating environmental challenges and promoting public health through the enforcement of environmental laws. In alignment with this initiative, LAWMA has recently undertaken additional measures, including the clearance of illegal markets and shanties along the CMD/Magodo road, and the confiscation of items belonging to street traders engaging in illegal activities.
Experts in the field have commented on these actions by the state government, noting the importance of these environmental efforts. However, they also emphasize the need for fair and consistent enforcement of environmental laws. Furthermore, they suggest that market operators and stakeholders should receive adequate support and resources to facilitate compliance with these regulations, ensuring that markets can operate responsibly and sustainably while contributing to the economic vibrancy of Lagos State.