Lagos State Government said it will shut Ladipo Market in Mushin Local Government indefinitely because of the degradation of the environment by the traders. Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said on Tuesday that arrangement had been concluded for the closure.
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He said the government was concerned about the environmental nuisance always created by spare parts dealers in the market.
Bello spoke during an inspection tour of drainage projects across the state in preparation for the 2013 rainy season.
The commissioner, who was accompanied by the Chairman of the state Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Bayo Sulaimon, said the government would not continue to fold its arm and watch the environment being degraded by dealers.
Bello said, "In Ladipo Market, the traders have taken over the road, carrying out commercial activities and dumping refuse indiscriminately in the drainage channels.
"You can see what they have turned this market into. You can see the environmental nuisance created by the spare parts dealers. Government is not going to allow this.
"Any moment from now, we are going to seal off the market indefinitely, if they do not comply with the state environmental law."
He also said structures built on drainage channels would soon be demolished, assuring residents of Mushin of early completion of all ongoing projects to reduce floods in the area.
Other projects inspected are Fakuro/Fagbnro downstream, proposed construction of the mid-stream of Fagbenro/Takuro/Ewunni/Paul Okunola/Mushin Itire collector drain; Eleja Primary School drain, and rehabilitation project of System 6c in Abeokuta Street.