The First lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has told market leaders to embark on proper identification of traders and every other person within their markets, as measures to protect lives and property of traders across the state.
Sanwo-Olu said that, aside from the identification, the market leaders should ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation of security activities in the market, saying this must be a daily affair within your premises.
The wife of the governor stated this during a one-day seminar on market activities including waste management, organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officers (COWLSO) in collaboration with the State’s Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs.
She noted that safety and security remains everybody’s business and as market men and women as well as community leaders, they must be conscious on the need to make security a priority.
“Security in the market place is paramount and there must be proper identification of all traders and people trading in the market. The Monitoring and Evaluation of security activities in the market must be a daily affair and also in every community,” Sanwo-Olu added.
The First Lady said as market men and women, they must take ownership of security within their markets and that they should speak up whenever they suspect any movement or strange activities around them, especially the issue of strangers coming to sleep overnight in the market.
“These and many others, including fire outbreaks in the market must be addressed in order to protect the investments of the people, going forward,” she added.
The chairperson of COWLSO, meanwhile, emphasised on hygiene and cleanliness in the market place, which according to her would engender a healthy environment.
Sanwo-Olu added that health and environment are intertwined and that this was why the issue of sanitation must be given the seriousness it truly and genuinely deserved to secure the health of the people.
She said it was a statement of fact that there is a nexus between the state of environment of a particular geographical location and the wellbeing of the people in such area.
“We know that a lot of waste is generated from our markets and as market leaders, it is important that we seize this opportunity to appeal to our market men and women to do away with unhygienic practices including indiscriminate dumping of waste, blocking of drainages and street trading, among others.
“The truth of the matter is that it is in our collective interest to imbibe international best practices in administering markets and protect our environment,” she said.
Sanwo-Olu stated that the issue of hygiene and cleanliness in markets was paramount, and that every important and necessary step must be taken by all stakeholders to inspire healthy and secured marketplace.
Also, the Iyaloja-General, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, urged market leaders to insist on sanity in their markets by ensuring that market men and women are not allowed to extend their wares and produce beyond the allotted perimeters.
She added that most markets are complicit of the act of placing their wares on pathways allotted for pedestrians.
This she said does not only affect traffic, it also put market men and women at risk of accidents. She implored market leaders not to allow these acts in their markets.