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Waste Management: Lagos seals off Ogba Shopping Mall, Ajah Market for environmental offences

Ogba Multipurpose Shopping Mall Shut

*The Lagos State Government has sealed off the Ajah Market and Ogba City Mall over what it has described as ‘waste disposal offences’, stating it’s commitment to a cleaner environment

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

For the umpteenth time, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has sealed off the Ajah Market and Ogba City Mall over what it described as “waste disposal offences”.

Folashade Kadiri, Director of Public Affairs at the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), in a statement issued Sunday, November 5, 2023, said: “The Lagos State Government has shut Ogba City Mall, Ikeja, and Ajah Market, Etti-Osa, for sundry waste disposal offences.

“The action was carried out by the combined enforcement teams of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA; State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences, LASTMA and LAGSEC (KAI).”

The LAWMA Spokesperson stated that the enforcement team also cleared shanties and illegal traders’ structures around the Ajah BRT corridor, and Ajah Jubilee Bridge on Sunday.

Operatives from the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and KAI acting on the directives of HC MOE & WR Sunday, November 5, 2023, sealed off the Ogba Shopping Mall beside the Sunday Market.

Via kunle adeshina (@kunle_adeshina) November 5, 2023, the government also said in the wake of the development, the Lagos State Environment and Water Resources Commissioner Tokunbo Wahab, affirmed the move was in line with the government’s resolve to continue its onslaught on filth and indiscriminate waste disposal by markets and businesses.

Wahab said: “We are stepping up action on this administration’s zero tolerance for filth and reckless waste disposal by traders and business facilities.

“We have continuously warned business owners to expect action if they refuse to do the needful to sustain the environment. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration will not relent in its pursuit of this lofty objective for overriding public good”.

Commenting on the development, Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, reiterated the zero-tolerance campaign which he said is continuous.

Gbadegesin noted: “For the umpteenth time, we are encouraging all business owners and the markets, to shun filth and put measures in place, to guarantee responsible waste disposal in their places of operation,” he maintained.

Sunday’s move is the latest in the clampdown on filth in the commercial city with several businesses and markets shut over their failure to keep to best environmental practices.

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