Traders protest LAWMA’s closure of Trade Fair complex

Traders under the umbrella of Trade Fair stakeholder’s forum have cried out over the shutdown of their bussiness  premises by officials of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) without notice.

Trade Fair Stakeholders Forum is the umbrella body of the 62 associations in the complex.

In a statement jointly issued by Chief Eric Ilechukwu (chairman), Chief Daniel Oforkansi (BOT chairman. Chief), Kenneth Ugbaja (Secretary) and Osy Ekpunobi, Financial Secretary, the association lamented that the closure of the market today Monday has cost traders at BBA and its environs billion of Naira.

While appealing to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to intervene by calling LAWMA management to order Chief Ilechukwu,  said traders in the complex are law abiding and has internal mechanism with which they manage waste and they have also been paying their waste rates to the appropriate quarters. “So, we are surprised that they would come to our marked without notice and sealed it off.”

In a sealed order notice pasted on the gate of the complex, Managing Director of Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said the authority’s decision to shut down the markets was arrived at after several warnings about their non-compliance with the state’s Environmental Protection Laws.


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