17th September, 2010
Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola has charged market leaders in theÂ state to wage war against filthiness in markets across the state.
Fashola spoke at the First Leadership Training Seminar for Market Leaders in Lagos,Â organised by Code 3 Communications in conjunction with the Lagos State Market DevelopmentÂ Board at the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT Pavillon, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
Decrying the high rate of dirtiness of markets in the state, she charged them to makeÂ cleanliness their watchword and be good ambassadors of the state.
According to her, market leaders must ensure that the standard of markets in the state wasÂ raised to meet up with international standard.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Rotimi Agunsoye in hisÂ address said if the ideal mega city was to be enhanced, there should be a pragmatic effortÂ by market leaders to champion the cleanliness of their markets.
The theme of the workshop is “Lagos Mega City, Responsibility of Market Leaders.”
Chairman, Lagos State Market Development Board, Alhaja Abibat Mogaji said the need for theÂ seminar was to integrate market men and women into the mega city plan of the stateÂ government.
Mogaji, whose speech was read by Alhaji Wasiu Oyewole added that because of the mega cityÂ plan, there was the need to reposition the market leaders in various local governments andÂ local council development areas.
Managing Director, Code 3 Communications, Mr. Sola Olaleye stated that the training ofÂ market leaders became imperative because of the enormousÂ challenges facing marketÂ leadership across the state.
â€œApart from the mega city status of Lagos, which required that all infrastructures should beÂ in the right positions, the discovery that most markets have become major problems to theirÂ LGs and environment, has made it compulsory to resort to complete rebuilding or renovationsÂ of most market in the state.
â€œIn the past, markets are located without any consideration for traffic, possible expansionÂ of roads, security, safety, fire and environment.
These had led to series of inferno that left behind it anguish, wailing and frustration,â€ heÂ said.
He stated that market leaders saddled with the responsibility of maintaining the marketsÂ must be trained on how best to keep the markets clean and in the best standard to align withÂ the mega city plan of the state government.
Speaking on “the Role of Market Leaders in Maintaining the Megacity Nature of Lagos”,Â Â Bidemi Idowu from the Lagos State University stressed that market leaders had the roles toÂ ensure that traffic congestion was curbed in markets as well as ensure that some people didÂ not sleep in the markets.
Somoye Michael, a consultant on Environment spoke on “Market Sanitation: Roles of MarketÂ Leaders”, saying that the cleanliness of abattoirs and slaughter houses presented one of theÂ most difficult of all public health problems.
Michael said that conscious efforts shall be made to maintain an adequate standard ofÂ hygiene, adding that market leaders were act to ensure adequate provision of sanitaryÂ facilities by the government or from consensionists so that there would be no appearance ofÂ indiscriminate defecation all over the place.