The Lagos State Government has tasked market leaders on the importance of sanitation and safety in markets across the state.
According to a statement on Sunday, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, said this at a seminar in Agege.
Ahmed stressed the need for market hygiene and vigilance at the event, which was organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs.
He said, “The benefits and advantages of sanitation in our markets cannot be exhausted considering the fact that we have 382 registered markets in Lagos State.
“Drawing from the untoward incidents occurring everywhere, it will not be out of place that vigilance and intelligence gathering should form part of our primary responsibility. This will help us to be proactive and be steps ahead of anyone planning to disturb the peace of the state.”
The Chairperson of COWLSO and wife of the Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, also urged market men and women to do away with indiscriminate dumping of refuse and ensure a safer environment.
She said, “We know that a lot of waste is generated from our markets and as market leaders, it is important that we appeal to our market men and women to do away with unhygienic practices, including indiscriminate dumping of waste, blocking of drainage channels and street trading, among others.”
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