Cholera outbreak: Ogun state government reads riot act to shop owners with dirty environment

The Ogun State Government has read a riot act to shop owners with improper waste disposal and dirty environment, observed to be breeding rodents, vector and flies which infests commodities sold to the public.

Penpushing reports that Special Adviser to the Government and the Managing Director of the Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA), Abayomi Hunye, threatened to shut any market found guilty in the overriding public interest.

The Special Adviser during a meeting with the executive and members of the Ogun State Association of Market Men and Women in Abeokuta. emphasized that the step became important especially at this period when the country is grappling with the outbreak of cholera.

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Penpushing further reports that Hunye explained that there is a need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders across the markets in disposing waste properly, pointing out that markets are rallying points for purchase of all commodities such as foodstuffs, provisions and other items, so they must be sparkling clean at all times.

The Managing Director stated that improper waste disposal in markets breeds rodents, vectors and flies, which infests commodities sold to the general public, adding that this may lead to unwanted diseases among residents.

Penpushing also reports that Hunye noted that some traders, along with their market leaders, perpetuate indiscriminate dumping of refuse in their immediate surroundings, especially on drainage channels in front of their shops or stalls.

“Some markets create illegal dump-sites within their space, especially at the back, which have become haven for rodents, vectors and flies. These feed and perch on their commodities that they sell to the public’, he said.

‘The state government will not allow such issues to happen in any of its markets again, hence the need for proper waste disposal. Any market found flouting this directive will be shut,” the Managing Director said.

Penpushing reports that he urged market stakeholders to imbibe the practice of proper waste disposal and also cooperate with the Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA) for a waste-free and clean environment.

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