The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is set to take decisive action against the proliferation of illegal markets within the city, according to Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, LAWMA’s Managing Director.
These illicit market structures, such as the Fiki Marina fruit market, Victoria Island market near Abraham Adesanya roundabout in Ajah, Jakande market by Jakande bus stop, traders opposite Oniru market in Oniru, and New Road Market by New Road bus stop, have not only posed safety concerns but have also contributed to traffic congestion and obstructed urban planning efforts.
Gbadegesin underscored the importance of eliminating these illegal market structures in the context of urban planning.
He stated, “Eliminating illegal market structures is crucial for urban planning and development. It enables proper zoning and allocation of spaces, contributing to a more organized and aesthetically pleasing cityscape.”
LAWMA is actively seeking collaboration with market associations, local authorities, and other stakeholders to ensure the success of these initiatives.
The agency is committed to providing guidance and support to markets in establishing efficient waste management systems that comply with established regulations.
Furthermore, Gbadegesin urged markets in the state to rally behind LAWMA’s efforts by adhering to prescribed waste management guidelines.
He expressed confidence that, with the agency’s concerted efforts and the cooperation of residents, Lagos will witness a significant improvement in waste management, leading to a cleaner and healthier environment for all.
Residents with waste management concerns are encouraged to reach out to LAWMA through the toll-free numbers: 617 and 07080601020.