The Ogun State Government has called for more support from traders towards a cleaner environment, especially in market places across the state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeneye who made the call while interacting with market leaders in Abeokuta, expressed displeasure at the level of sanitation in market places, saying this necessitated the closure of Adatan market in Abeokuta recently.
He said his Ministry decided to dialogue with market leaders in the State capital to acquaint them with specific environmental infractions that government frowned at.
Oyeleye emphasized government’s zero tolerance for dumping of refuse on road medians as well as street trading, calling on the leaders to ensure that their members do not take the weekly market sanitation exercise on Thursdays with levity.
“We have called on market leaders to have a family meeting with them, to explain to them their responsibilities as leaders, especially as it concerns general sanitation of markets. We addressed issues around street trading which our government frowns at. Now we have got feedback from them as well in terms of enforcement. They were quite cooperative and we expect that the cooperation that has existed with us continues,” he said.
While promising that government would continue to perform its role of sensitizing the public on the need for a cleaner environment, the Commissioner called for cooperation from the leaders at enforcing environmental laws in market places.