4 February 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Re-Opens Mile 12 Market

Lagos State Government yesterday ordered the reopening of Mile 12 Market in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area on the conditions that traders would abide by the state's environmental laws.

Security operatives of the State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Agency had Wednesday stormed the market and shut it down over unwholesome practices.

Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello gave the reopening order during an on the spot inspection of the market.

Bello expressed government concern over various environmental nuisances, which could lead to outbreak of diseases, stressing the need for abatement immediately.

He reeled out six conditions to be met and put into undertaken if the market must remain in operation, which they (traders) agreed to abide with.

He said: "That conditions include no trailer must park on the highway to offload food items.

"That nobody in the market, should sell in filthy mud but rather provide stall or shelf and maintain good sanitary environment.

"That nobody sells on the road to allow free flow of traffic on the Ikorodu Road

"That the traders in the market should close by 6 PM daily

"That no traders should sleep in the market."

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