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Oyo state government reads riot act to street hawkers

The Oyo State Government has read a riot act against hawkers with declaration that it would implement stringent measures to curb the persistent menace of street trading in Ibadan and other parts of the state.

Penpushing reports that the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Architect Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, made this known during an enforcement drive in Ibadan, the state capital.

The Commissioner expressed his displeasure over the recalcitrant attitude of a number of street traders towards the government directives at ensuring compliance to the State Environment Laws on street trading.

Penpushing further reports that he pointed out that the illegal occupation of open spaces and roadsides, is worrisome, highlighting the likely dangers associated with it, adding that the authorities have consistently monitored the trend.

The Environment and Natural Resources boss disclosed that street trading, which the present administration stands to eradicate, is a menace exposing the perpetrators to greater risk and dangers, stressing government’s determination to address the persistent menace of street trading.

Penpushing also reports that Mogbonjubola emphasized that it is necessary to preserve the roads that have become hotspots for unauthorized commercial activities, noting that despite numerous efforts and dialogues between government officials, market authorities, and traders, the issue has remained unabated.

The Commissioner said unauthorized traders often expose themselves to unwarranted environmental hazards, occurring from dynamic and changing atmospheric weather conditions, that lead to sickness and unhealthy living, stressing that the government is concerned about the welfare and healthy living of its citizenry.

“His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde, is determined to safeguard the lives and properties of his people, especially, those who ignorantly are not aware of the dangers embedded in trading near traffic, and busy roads”, he said.

Penpushing reports that he vowed to sustain the tempo of monitoring and enforcement towards attaining reasonable compliance adding that the Ministry has intensified serious campaigns against street trading in Egbeda, Akinyele, Lagelu, Ona Ara, Ibadan North, Ibadan North East, South East, South West, to mention a few.

The commissioner assured of taking the campaign to all nooks and crannies of the state and enjoined residents of the state to comply with the Environment Laws and support the present administration to succeed in its ongoing campaign against street trading and filthy environment.

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