Commissioner, MoE, Mr. Tunji Bello, said both markets were closed for their flagrant abuse of the state environmental sanitation law and indiscriminate loading and off-loading of goods on the main road.
Bello said by the traders’ conduct, they were creating traffic bottleneck for other road users.
He accused some of the traders of not using the toilets in the markets but spoiling the surroundings with human wastes.
The commissioner said the closure of the markets became inevitable after several unheeded warnings to forestall epidemics and other health hazards in the state.
Bello said the government’s policy forbidding traders from residing in the market was still in force.
He added that markets were meant for business activities and not for residential purposes.
Bello said, “As precondition for reopening of the markets, all illegal structures within the market must give way; traders in the market must make further commitment to patronise the PSP operators and not cart pushers.
“Traders must be prepared to reorganise the loading and off-loading of their goods in such a way that would ensure free flow of traffic on the road.
“The traders in the markets must ensure their environment is clean, clear the adjoining road of street traders and make adequate provision for toilets to eradicate open defecation and urination.
“They will also sign an undertaking to abide by our sanitation laws before their markets can be reopened.”
Bello warned markets in the state that after several warnings and stakeholders meetings with their respective market executives, the government would not hesitate to shut down more markets if they refused to religiously observe the state sanitation laws.
Meanwhile, Bello said there would be restriction of movement on Saturday to enable Lagosians to observe the first monthly environmental sanitation for 2013. He said the restriction, as usual, would begin from 7am to 10am.
Bello added that much waste was generated during the Yuletide and as such, cleaning must be carried out in all parts of the state.
“Lagosians are urged to troop out to participate actively in the first sanitation of the year through the cleaning of their homes, drains and the totality of their environment,” he said.