The Lagos State Government on Monday reopened Ladipo Market, which was shut on February 25 over environmental offences.
The government said it decided to open the market following the intervention of “well-meaning individuals including the Imo State Governor, Mr. Rochas Okorocha.
A statement by the Ministry of the Environment said the decision to open the market was reached after a tripartite meeting with the state government, the Chairman, Mushin Local Government and the traders’ association.
The statement said, ” The agreement reached with the tarders was that they must observe non-conversion of the drainage Right of Way into trading points and mechanic workshops; non-conversion of the access roads in the market for trading activities; non-conversion of the shops in the market for residential purposes; no dumping of wastes and vehicle parts into the canal; and maintaining the general cleanliness of the market environment at all times.”
The statement added that in order to make the agremment possible, governments and the traders planned a proper and acceptable security arrangement in the market which cost would be borne by the traders.
The statement said, “Also, the canal shall be properly fenced and no dumping of refuse into it. All statutory revenues, and fees shall be paid to Mushin Local Government and other relevant government agencies regularly. No mechanic workshop shall operate on any access roads leading to the market. Only one – side parking shall be operated by the traders.