Traders at Alaba Rago Market have started cleaning up their environment in fear of a possible action by the Lagos State Government.
The state government through the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, under the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, has been sealing off markets in the state due to environmental pollution.
Concise News reported that some of the markets that have been sealed included Owode Onirin, Oyingbo Market, Alaba International Market, Ladipo Market, amongst others. Some of the markets have since been reopened following compliance with environmental laws.
On Tuesday, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Jubril Gawat, shared photos showing a clean up exercise being carried out by Alaba Rago Market traders. This was as he expressed the doubt that the sudden clean up will save their market from suffering the same fate as others.
He shared on X, “Asides from the ONGOING Clean Up on the Lagos Badagry Expressway by our special squad led by ACP Bayo Sulaiman, which has already reached Alaba Rago side, Igbo Elerin and other parts.
“The Alaba Rago Market have started their own “Magic Clean Up” of their market, because they have seen the war against environment infractions across markets in the State.
“Will this ‘sudden clean up’ save them ??? Time will tell.”
In another post, he said, “One lesson here is that: Even though this Alaba Rago clean up by the market is clearly “sudden”, they are not doing blame game or complaining about being victimized, they are moving to quickly clean their very dirty environment, this exact thing happened to Owode Market too, they still got locked even after their sudden cleaning, even after being sealed, they still did not complain, they hustled to clean up.”