In a decisive move to enforce sanitation regulations, Lagos State authorities have ordered the immediate shutdown of Ogba City Mall in Ikeja due to numerous waste disposal violations.
The clampdown, led by the formidable trio of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), the State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (LASTMA), and the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGSEC), is part of a broader campaign to combat filth and irresponsible waste management by commercial entities throughout the state.
This rigorous action didn’t spare the Ajah Market in Eti-Osa, which also saw its operations halted for similar infractions. Alongside the shutdowns, the authorities cleared up makeshift stalls and illegal vendor structures congesting the Ajah BRT corridor and the area around the Jubilee Bridge, aiming to restore order and cleanliness in these heavily trafficked sections.
Sanwo-Olu stands for clean and healthy environment
The current administration, under the stewardship of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has made clear its firm stance on maintaining a clean and healthy environment, with Environment and Water Resources Commissioner Tokunbo Wahab emphasizing that the state’s zero-tolerance policy on sanitation negligence is more than just rhetoric, it’s an actionable mandate that the government is actively pursuing.
The shutdown of Ogba Mall serves as a stark warning to other businesses and market operators within Lagos. It underscores the state’s commitment to environmental preservation and the lengths it is willing to go to ensure compliance.
The government’s dedication to this cause is evident as it repeatedly calls on business proprietors to abide by environmental guidelines and take necessary steps to foster a clean and hygienic atmosphere within their establishments.
The Lagos State Waste Management Authority, helmed by Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, reiterated that this is not a one-off crackdown but part of a sustained effort to uphold the sanitation standards of the state.
Gbadegesin has strongly advised the commercial community to take this as an opportunity to revamp their waste disposal strategies, thus avoiding the repercussions of non-compliance, which, as demonstrated by the shutdown of Ogba Mall, could have significant business implications.
The proactive measures of the Lagos authorities serve as a reminder that maintaining a clean environment is not just a shared responsibility but also a legal obligation for businesses operating within the state’s borders. The closure of Ogba Mall, thus, is not just an endpoint but a part of an ongoing journey towards a cleaner, healthier Lagos for all its residents.
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