The organised private sector in Lagos has urged the state government to stop frequent closure of markets.

The call was made by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce (LCCI) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

The two chambers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that government should provide facilities to take care of the environment rather than the frequent closures.

The chambers were reacting to frequent closures of Ladipo Auto Spare-parts Market, Mushin, Mile 12 and other markets in Lagos State.

The Ladipo Auto Spare-parts Market was again shut on 25 February but reopened on 11 March.

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Mr. Muda Yusuf, the Director-General of LCCI, urged the government to provide better facilities for sanitation at the market.

Yusuf said that some of the markets were in a terrible state due to lack of facilities to cater for the teeming traders.

He told NAN that the sanitation problem of many markets was due to the massive population migration to Lagos.

Yusuf said that the provision of infrastructure would solve so many of the disturbing issues in the markets.

“There is a need to look at the issue of the markets holistically. The government may need to provide more space, toilets, stores and waste disposal vans.

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“We know that the government must have given warnings to the traders before the closures, but on the long run, the effects of the closures are still negative,” he said.

Dr. John Isemede, the Director-General of NACCIMA, said that the closure of markets meant losses to both the traders and the government.

Isemede urged the government to intensify its efforts in fashioning out other sanctions to replace closure of markets.


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