Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has charged market leaders in the state, to ensure proper sanitation and security of markets.
She gave the charge at Iba Local Government secretariat, at a one-day seminar on market sanitation and security for market leaders and stakeholders in the Badagry Division.
The seminar was the fourth in the series put together by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, as part of efforts to put the welfare, safety and security of market men and women, on the front burner.
Dr. (Mrs.) Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the wife of the deputy governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, said it was common knowledge that health and environment had been listed as the second pillar of the administration’s THEMES agenda for sustainable environment.
She said, a lot of waste were being generated from markets, urging market men and women to do away with unhygienic practices, including indiscriminate dumping of waste, blocking of drainages, and street trading, among others.
In his address, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed, expressed gratitude for the peaceful co-existence in markets in the state, which has ensured smooth business flow and improved the economic well-being for citizens.
He urged market leaders and stakeholders to continuously commit themselves to ensuring that the state enjoyed continued vigilance by market people, promptly report suspicious acts and movements to the appropriate authorities.
Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who did a detailed presentation on waste management in Lagos markets, stressed that market environments around the state, must be kept constantly clean, to ensure that the quality of produce and other items was not compromised.
He urged market leaders to cooperate with LAWMA for efficient waste management, urging them to avoid breaching environmental laws, to avoid market closure and possible litigation.
In his own remarks, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye, harped on the need for market people to always use the double dino bins, for proper disposal of their waste.
He urged residents to imbibe the culture of waste sorting at source, for recycling of all recyclable materials, for income earning and environmental sustainability.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, represented by the district police officer for Idimu Police Station, CSP (Mrs.) Gladys Yomi-Faniyi, stressed the importance of vigilance to security in markets, adding that security was everybody’s business and must be prioritised.