Nigeria: Lagos Govt Shuts Down Mile 12 Market

The Lagos State Government has on Wednesday sealed the popular Mile 12 market, in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA, over various environmental offences.

This came as a result of unhygienic practices and non compliance with the relevant laws governing meat slaughtering.

A 17-man task force committee was also inaugurated on the abattoir and animal markets in the state with the aim of ensuring wholesome practices.

The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello told newsmen the closure became necessary following failure by the market leaders to comply with the state government directives on ensuring sanity in the market area.

He listed three environmental offences committed by the traders to include: inability to control drivers of Lorries that discharges foodstuff, that is, lack of traffic discipline, poor sanitary conditions and indiscriminate parking by customers along the highway, among others.

He said: “We had a stakeholders’ meeting with the market leaders earlier where they promised to comply with the directive, but after specified period of time for them to abate without any improvement, the state government has to move in to save the deteriorating situation.”

The state government has also threatened to seal Oko Oba Abattoir and Lairage in Agege Local Government Area, if the unhygienic practices and non compliance with the relevant laws governing meat slaughtering continued.

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