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Lagos vows to go hard on street trading

As a means to curbing the perennial vehicular gridlock in the state, the Lagos State Government has vowed to  fully enforce the provisions of the law restricting street trading in the metropolis.

Chairman of the State Task Force on Environmental and Other Special Offences (Enforcement Unit), Olubukola Abe told journalists in Alausa, Ikeja that traffic congestion in the state is exacerbated by the activities of street trading.

Abe said that Section 1 of the Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis.

“Section 7 and 8 of the same law gives jurisdiction and power to the special court to order the seizure and public auction of items impounded for street tradition”, he said.

Abe his men would increase the enforcement of the law. he also urged motorists to stop patronising street traders.

He said Section 10 of the law prescribes a N5000 fine or three months imprisonment upon conviction anyone caught flouting the law.

He said the implication of the violation of the law is multifaceted.

“Aside from the far-reaching implication of street trading in terms of accidents which in most cases are fatal, street trading also affects the free flow of traffic in the metropolis as well as contradicting the environmental sanitation laws by littering our streets with waste generated from the act”.

“We’ve had reports on the activities of persons who pose as beggars, especially in traffic, but their sole aim is to perpetrate evil. We are putting a search light on this trend and one way to do that is to ensure that we take preemptive measures to forestall this development”, he said.

“There is no way any responsible government will allow street trading to continue after providing stalls in designated markets all over the state”, he said.

Source: Lagos Government Statement

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