Lagos has reopened both the Alaba International and Trade Fair markets.


The Lagos State Government has officially reopened both the Alaba International Market and select markets within the Trade Fair Complex in Ojo. The closure of these markets last week was prompted by issues related to improper waste management and other environmental violations.

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, emphasized that the decision to reopen the markets was driven solely by the need to address environmental concerns and promote a clean and healthy environment surrounding these business facilities. He refuted any suggestions of ethnic or political motives behind the market closures and stressed that this action was aimed at ensuring the well-being of all residents.

Wahab explained that the reopening followed a thorough assessment and the implementation of stringent environmental standards. These standards were established to ensure that businesses in the state operate in a manner that does not harm the environment or the health of the people.

He underscored the importance of maintaining a harmonious balance between commerce and environmental well-being, and pledged that the government would continue to enforce these standards. Any market or corporate facility found in violation of these regulations would be subject to closure.

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, confirmed that they collaborated with market officials to meet these environmental standards. He stressed the significance of markets operating in an economically viable and environmentally responsible manner. These standards include proper waste management, a ban on open burning of waste, and preventing waste dumping in drainage channels. Market policing personnel would monitor sanitation, and markets must maintain a proper distance from road setbacks, medians, and their surroundings to prevent indiscriminate waste dumping. Additionally, the eradication of street trading and trading on road medians and shoulders, which obstruct traffic flow, is essential. Tariffs must also be promptly paid, and any violations of these regulations will result in penalties and possible closure of offending markets.

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