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Lagos Govt. reopens Alaba International, Trade Fair markets



Alaba market

The Lagos State Government on Saturday reopened the Alaba International Market and some markets at the Trade Fair Complex, in Ojo.

Recall that the government had shut down the markets earlier this month over improper waste management and other environmental infractions.

Mr Tokunbo Wahab, the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, who announced the reopening of the markets said they were reopened after the environmental issues had been addressed.

The commissioner dismissed claims being peddled in some quarters that the closure of the markets had ethnic and political motives.

He stressed that the closure of the markets was a step taken to ensure a clean and healthy environment around business facilities.

In his words,

Wahab restated the importance of maintaining a harmonious balance between commerce and environmental health, stressing that the enforcement would be continuous as the government would not hesitate to seal any market or corporate facility found wanting.

Speaking on the reopening of the markets, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority, said LAWMA worked with market officials to ensure the attainment of environmental standards.

He stressed the importance of markets operating according to laid down standards to ensure the business environment is clean and healthy for buyers and sellers.

According to the LAWMA boss, the standards markets in Lagos are required to adhere to include proper waste management, zero tolerance for open burning of waste, and zero tolerance for dumping of wastes in drainage channels.

Other standards Gbadegesin listed include observance of distance from road setbacks and the eradication of street trading, among others.