The Lagos State Government says the Alaba International Market and some markets in the Trade Fair Complex, Ojo, have been reopened for business.
In a statement on Saturday, Tokunbo Wahab, commissioner for environment and water resources, said the market was reopened after addressing the environmental violations.
The Lagos government had earlier directed the closure of the market over poor waste disposal practices and other environmental infractions.
The commissioner said the business facility was not shut down due to political reasons but to achieve healthy environmental practices.
He said the government will continue to close down any market found violating the standard practices.
“The decision to reopen the markets follows a rigorous assessment and implementation of stringent environmental standards. These standards were set to guarantee that businesses in the state operate in a manner that is not detrimental to the environment and the well-being of people,” he added.
“I want to state emphatically that the closure of those markets has no ethnic or political motives behind it, as it was done to ensure cleanliness and environmental sustainability for the good of all residents.”
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