Ladipo Market traders choose extra Sanitation Day

Ogbonna (third right), Onwuka and others during the exercise PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

Ogbonna (third right), Onwuka and others during the exercise<br />PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

TO ensure a more healthy and clean environment, Ladipo Auto Spare parts traders have set aside one Friday every month to do special cleaning of the market in addition to the usual mandatory Thursday environmental sanitation day declared for traders by the Lagos State Government.

The President, Ladipo Auto Spare dealers, Kingsley Ikechukwu Ogbonna, said the traders on their own have decided that one Friday in a month, in addition to the statutory Thursday environment exercise, to carry out general cleaning of the entire market.

According to him, the essence of the exercise was to further create the awareness of cleanliness among the traders as well complement the effort of the Lagos State Government in maintaining clean environment.
Ogbonna added that the traders have also decided to embark on another general cleaning exercise of the market on Sundays.

“We have seen that this extra effort go a long way in reducing the filth that used to be the identity of the market and we are very happy. I think we are achieving our aim of not being an embarrassment to the government as well as our teaming customers. It will interest you to know that we have an environmental committee that sensitizes our traders from time to time on the importance of keeping the market clean.

“We also partner with LAWMA to help us evacuate the garbage generated from the exercise.

“While we always keep to the 10.00am stipulated time of Thursday cleaning exercise, we do not round up that of every Friday in the month until 12 noon while every shop in the market remains locked up until that time.

Speaking on the clogged Ladipo canal, he said it does not start from Ladipo. It only passes through the market. When the water from other areas is coming, it comes with all sorts of debris, which gathered under the bridge or at the mouth of the bridge. This consequently affects free flow of water. The problem cannot be handled by us alone as it requires heavy duty equipment to clear the canal.”

He appealed to the Lagos State Environmental Unit to assist in clearing the canal.

The Chief Welfare Officer of the market, Ifeanyi Pascal Onwuka, said since ‘neatness is next to godliness,’ the traders have decided to keep the market clean through the introduction of one Friday every month and every Sunday to tidy up the market.



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