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The Ogun State government has shut the Iberekodo daily market in Abeokuta for operating below public hygiene standard.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the government shut the market in its efforts at safeguarding the state against the outbreak of communicable diseases especially cholera.
Announcing the shutting of the market, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun State Waste Management Authority, Mr Ola Oresanya said the government took the decision due to its dirty environment and heaps of waste dumps within the market which will invariably affect the safety of foodstuffs and other commodities sold in the market.
According to him, since the traders have failed to heed government’s earlier warnings to comply with public hygiene protocols as it relates to market sanitations in the overriding public interest, government has no choice than closing it down.
He added, “the state government will not fold its hands and watch few traders compromise the health of millions of our people by trading in dirty environment”.
Oresanya further said the market will remain shut until the traders clean the market environment of all dirt and clear the illegal dumping site within the market.
The Special Adviser also warned other traders operating markets across the state – whether daily or weekly to make cleaniness their watchword as the state government will not allow trading in dirty and unkept environment especially now that cholera and other communicable diseases are spreading across the country.
In her reaction, the Iyaloja of Iberekodo Market, Alhaja Monsurat Oladipupo assured the state government of their readiness to clean the market so that it can be opened for trading activities soon.