Ogun State Ministry of Environment has shutdown one of the popular markets in Abeokuta metropolis, the Lipede-Kuto market for negligence and failure of the traders to tidy up its environment.
The discipline team led by the the special Adviser to to the Governor on Environment and Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun State Waste Management Authority OGWAMA, Mr Ola Oresanya also promised to give the market women lectures on how to clean up the market during and after sale of the day.
Oresanya said the seminar became necessary to take the traders through modern ways of trading in cleaner environment especially now that all emphasis are on public hygiene and safety.
For maximum concentration,the traders are to close their shops and stalls during the period of the seminar. According to Oresanya,the seminar will expose the traders to practical ways of keeping the market clean at all times, especially solid waste management, eradication of rodents and pathogens and causes and solutions to environmental infractions in and around market places.
“At the end of the seminar,they will be able to organize the markets properly to overcome the previously mentioned challenges which will rub-off on the safety of foodstuffs and other commodities sold at the two markets,”he added.
Oresanya further revealed that the Market Sanitation Seminar will be held regularly for all market leaders and traders in all markets in Ogun state to improve their cleanliness and public acceptability.