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Lagos bans street trading to ease vehicular movement



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Lagos State Government Friday warned street traders and leaders of markets to desist henceforth from trading on roads as such acts impede free flow of traffic in many parts of the state.

The state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, who gave the warning, charged Oyingbo market leaders to immediately ensure relocation of all illegal street traders from the roads in the area to the main market.

The commissioner stressed that operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, (LAGESC) have been drafted to the market and the adjoining streets with standing instructions to arrest any street trader found within the vicinity.

He warned that any operative found collaborating with street traders would also face stern disciplinary measures.

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He directed the Oyingbo market leaders to meet the Chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government immediately to fashion out ways of accommodating the street traders in the main market.

While warning that the state government will no longer condone the excesses of traders who have abandoned the market for the streets, Bello said the “activities of traders impeding traffic is unacceptable, thus the government is left with no other option than to clamp down on those who slow down other road users and litter the roads with refuse.”

He also warned street traders in Marina, Agege, Mushin, Alimosho and Obalende to maintain a high level of discipline and healthy environment as massive enforcement exercise would soon be extended to their domain.

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