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Govt Shuts Popular Market In Ilorin, Kwara State


The Kwara State government has shut the popular Mandate Market in Ilorin, over failure to comply with environmental laws.

The suspension was announced on Thursday by the Commissioner for Environment, Mallam Shehu Ndanusa Usman, during an inspection visit to the market.

The commissioner regretted that despite multiple warnings from the ministry, the market leaders failed to adhere to the environmental law.

He said the decision to close the market was made after numerous meetings with the market leaders and the ministry, where the importance of maintaining a clean environment and preventing the outbreak of epidemics was emphasized. However, the lack of compliance necessitated the government’s action.

Usman said the strict action taken was enough warning to all other markets located in the state at large to desist from violating environmental laws, or else the ministry would not have no option but to close down defaulting markets.

He, however, reiterated the commitment of the present administration to sustain a clean and hygienic environment to ensure the healthy living of Kwara residents.

Naija News reported that after several hours of closure, the market was reopened following the intervention of some stakeholders in the state, with a promise to comply with the government directive.

Speaking on the issue, a market women leader (Iyaloja), Adenike Lambe, said it was regrettable that the environment was unkempt despite several efforts by the government.

“We have a consultant in the market collecting N1,000 monthly, and there have been a series of meetings between the leadership of the market and the government. They (the government) even offered to provide payloaders free of charge. Although the refuse is still there, I think the government just decided to open it for now because of negative implications to the economic situation,
” she added.


Kwara Reduces Workdays To Three For Workers

Work days have been reduced from five days to three per week for every worker in Kwara state,


The directive was given by the Kwara state government on Monday.


This according to the government is following the astronomical hike in transport fares.


This is contained in a statement in Ilorin, by Murtala Atoyebi, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.


The State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole, therefore directed all Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies to immediately work out a format indicating the alternating work days for each worker under them.


Oluwole said that the government took the temporary measure to ease the burden on public workers in the state.


She also said that it was part of measures to relieve the state workers of the hardship being experienced as a result of the fuel subsidy removal announced by the Federal Government.


She, however, warned the workers not to abuse the magnanimity of the governor, stressing that the regular monitoring of MDAs by her office would be intensified to ensure strict compliance.