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Why is Ambode threatening to shut down Lagos markets?

Following the excess filth across parts of Lagos Mainland communities including markets across the State, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed displeasure with the present state of the markets across the State adding that leaders of the various markets must prevail on their members to clean up their dirty surroundings within the next 20 days or risk closure of their markets.

The directive was issued in Alausa, Lagos Mainland, during a stakeholder’s forum with market leaders from the 57 local governments and local council development areas of the State.

Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Muslim Folami said the present administration abhors the dumping of refuse on roadsides, medians, bus stops as well as markets, urging market leaders to promptly rid their environment of waste.

He said dumping of refuse within the market environment poses health hazards, discourages customers and residents from patronising stalls within the markets, thereby reducing economic activity within the market environment.

“You have 20 days to clear the refuse in your markets. The State Government would not hesitate to shut down any market that is dirty because we will not be happy to see any market within our metropolis dirty,” he stated.

Ambode emphasised that the State Government’s resolve to ensure a cleaner and healthier Lagos informed the Cleaner Lagos Initiative and the recruitment of street sweepers across the State.

He urged the market leaders to prioritize the cleanliness of their markets and cooperate with Visionscape officials by ensuring prompt and proper packaging of their waste for easy disposal.

The Governor also admonished the market leaders to ensure their members desist from street trading and urged all traders to get shops within the markets so as to ease the flow of traffic and prevent road accidents.

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