The Lagos State Government has said it will start enforcing the Trading on Sunday (Prohibition) Bye-Law, which bans opening of markets on Sunday on the Island.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District, Mrs. Derin Disu, said the state had embarked on enlightenment campaigns on the new bye-law and would start its enforcement in two weeks.
By implication, popular markets such as Idumota, Balogun, Mandilass and Berlin would no longer operate on Sundays.
Disu spoke on Tuesday at the news briefing to mark the first year of Governor Babatunde Fashola’s second term in office.
She said, “The law allows the agency a day during the week to clear waste, assess infrastructure and prepare the area for the following week’s business activities.”
The special adviser added that other renewal efforts such as beautification and landscaping of major streets and highways on the Island was leading to reduction in crime and clashes.
“Area Boys are unemployed youths that need to be engaged. The more we beautify, the more businesses grow and the more we engage the youths, thereby having less clashes and crime,” Disu said.
The adviser stated that the government was working to woo more investors to the CBD, adding that soon it would start the development of multi-level car parks and food courts among others to make the district comparable with business districts in developed countries.
She said the agency had also been training and retraining its staff to cope with challenges of work. Disu disclosed that about 16 members of its workforce who were found wanting had been dismissed.