The Lagos State Government has backtracked on its decision to re-open the Ladipo market, saying that the market remains closed.
The Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, made the clarification on Monday in Lagos.
Gbadegesin said that the market would remain closed because it had been observed that its management had not fully met stipulated mandatory safety and environmental measures earlier outlined by the authority.
He said that those conditions were required before the market would recommence business activities.
“Our primary concern is the safety of the people and environmental well-being at marketplaces. Reopening is contingent upon strict adherence to the safety conditions set forth by LAWMA.
“It is imperative that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent any potential risks,” Gbadegesin said.
The LAWMA boss added that while several markets had successfully met the outlined safety requirements and had been permitted to resume businesses, Ladipo Market would also be reopened to business activities, once it passed the requisite safety audit.
It was reported that the market was earlier reopened alongside Oyingbo, Ile Epo Oke-Odo and Alamutu markets.
When the officials of LAWMA arrived for the official re-opening of the market, they observed that an essential part of the conditions have not been met.