Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, has ordered the closure of Ladipo Market, Mushin, after several meetings and warnings to the market leadership and traders about the deteriorating state of the market.
The Commissioner complained that the market was polluted and degraded with oil; surrounding canals were filled with full and half motor engines, spare parts and human waste while illegal structures were built along drainage just as all the canal setbacks had been converted to shops and trading points.
Other reasons adduced for the closure of the market was the takeover by street traders of the entire major inlet and outlet to the market, which had made residents to have on several occasions petitioned the Ministry of the Environment over lack of access to their homes and property.
The traders were also said to have degraded all the major access roads to the market which now needs remediation and rehabilitation.
According to the State Government, some of the conditions that could warrant reopening of the market include: complete removal of all illegal structures and attached structures built along canal paths, confinement of traders’ activities to the main markets removal of all shops attachments built round the market/canals, removal of all derelict and abandoned vehicles packed within the market up to the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, remediation of all forms of degradation on the roads and market area, sorting out of waste management issues with LAWMA and ensuring total cleaning of the entire market and adjoining streets, among others.
It would be recalled that the officials of the Ministry had visited the place repeatedly recently to warn the traders. It was when no noticeable progress was made on the unhygienic state of the market that the State Government was left with no other option than to seal the market.