In a bid to combat sundry waste disposal offenses and ensure a cleaner environment, the Lagos State government has taken decisive action by shutting down the Ogba City Mall in Ikeja and the Ajah market in Etti-Osa.
This development was disclosed by the Director, of Public Affairs of LAWMA, Mrs Folashade Kadiri, on Sunday in Lagos.
According to her, the crackdown was executed by a combined enforcement team consisting of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), the State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (LASTMA), and the Lagos Government Special Environmental Corps (KAI).
She also noted that the enforcement operation involved the clearance of shanties and illegal trader structures around the Ajah Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor and Ajah Jubilee Bridge.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, emphasized that this enforcement action is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat filth and indiscriminate waste disposal by markets and business facilities across the state.
He stated, “We are stepping up action on this administration’s zero tolerance for filth and reckless waste disposal by traders and business facilities. We have continuously warned business owners to expect action if they refuse to do the needful to sustain the environment.”
Wahab made it clear that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration is unwavering in its commitment to the overarching goal of public welfare. The government’s determination to uphold a clean and hygienic environment remains a top priority.
Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, stressed that the zero-tolerance campaign against improper waste disposal is an ongoing effort.
He advised markets and business stakeholders to take proactive measures to ensure clean and hygienic premises, stating, “For the umpteenth time, we are encouraging all business owners and markets to shun filth and put measures in place to guarantee responsible waste disposal in their places of operation.”
This decisive action by the Lagos State government underscores its commitment to creating a cleaner and healthier environment for residents while holding businesses and markets accountable for their role in maintaining sanitation standards.