NIGERIA: Lagos reopens Ladipo Market

Ladipo Market traders protesting against the closure of the marketTwo weeks after the popular Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Market in Mushin local government was shut over violation of environmental laws, the Lagos state government, Monday, ordered the re-opening of the market for normal operations with conditions.

The reopening was announced by the Ministry of Environment after a  meeting was held with the Traders’ Association  in which the following conditions were given: Non-conversion of the drainage Right of Way (RoW) 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, maintaining the general cleanliness of the market environment at all times and Ladipo Central Executive Committee, LACEC, shall be empowered to ensure same.
Governor Babatunde Fashola, in company of his Imo State counterpart, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, last Thursday visited the closed market with Okoroacha appealing on behalf of the traders for a reopening of the market.

Fashola had insisted that the market would be re-opened once the environmental pollution problem was addressed by the market leaders.

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