Lagos Govt reopens Mile 12 market


The Lagos State Government has announced the immediate reopening of Mile 12 International Market, as it has now met all prescribed environmental standards and safety requirements.

Recall that Mile 12 International Market was sealed along with Owode Onirin Market for environmental violations on Friday.

However, the Lagos Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, issued a statement on Monday, revealing the market’s reopening.

This decision was made after a comprehensive assessment that considered environmental compliance, waste management practices, and the market’s general cleanliness.

He stressed the importance of preserving the environment, public health, and safety, stating that these issues were beyond negotiation, and the government would not allow them to be compromised by the actions of a minority.


His words:

             “We cannot continue to be nonchalant about our environment. Our negative attitude towards the environment must stop.

             “The way we treat the environment is the way the environment treats us. We cannot fold our arms and allow the nonchalance of a few, to affect the generality of the people.

             “Following full compliance with environmental standards and safety measures earlier listed as a precondition for reopening shut markets, the Lagos State Government has ordered the immediate reopening of Mile 12 International Market.

             “In spite of several advocacy and public Enlightenment, the government is left with no choice but to enforce. The enforcement exercise will be a continuous one, as no Government takes delight in shutting down markets.”


He implored traders to follow the rules of acceptable standards, giving top priority to cleanliness for their health and the well-being of the community. He emphasized that the government would take swift action to close any market that reverts to its old unclean practices.