The government closed the Iberekodo daily market to avoid the spread of infectious illnesses, particularly cholera.
Mr Ola Oresanya, Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun State Waste Management Authority, made the announcement on Wednesday.
According to him, the authorities decided to close the market owing to the market’s filthy atmosphere and mounds of trash dumps.
Oresanya said that the soiled environment will have an impact on the safety of foodstuffs and other market items.
According to him, the government had no choice but to close the market since the traders had ignored the government’s prior warnings to follow public hygiene standards in relation to market sanitations in the public interest.
“The state government will not fold its hands and watch few traders compromise the health of millions of our people by trading in a dirty environment,” he added.
The market would be closed until the merchants cleaned up the market environment and cleared the illegal dumpsite within it.
He did, however, advise other vendors who operate marketplaces on a daily or weekly basis around the state to make cleanliness their driving philosophy.
He said that the state administration would not allow trade in a filthy and unsanitary atmosphere, especially given the spread of cholera and other infectious illnesses across the country.
Monsurat Oladipupo, the Iyaloja of Iberekodo Market, responded by assuring the state government that the market will be cleaned and reopened for trade operations as soon as possible.