Lagos State GOVT To Ban Street Trading

The Lagos State Government has read the Riot Act to street traders on the Third Mainland Bridge, Eko Bridge and other parts of the State, on Wednesday.

The Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji, declared zero tolerance for street trading in the areas, in a statement on Wednesday.

Omobolaji said the action was in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda.

According to him, the action is to promote a cleaner and more aesthetic environment.

Also, to ensure total enforcement of the environmental sanitation laws and create a safer state for all.

Omobolaji warned that anyone caught would be prosecuted at the established Mobile Courts in line with the state environmental laws.

In addition, he said the wares they hawk or display on major roads would be confiscated.

“The latest enforcement drive against street traders, when commenced, would be continuously, and would also be sustained,” he added.

He added that Lagos is a megacity that is developing into a smart city, had no place for street traders.

He said street traders don’t only constitute eyesore to the aesthetics of the city, they expose themselves to hazardous situations.

“They also constituted a threat to the security of lives and properties of others in the state, including government properties”

He added that the governor had given a greenlight to the enforcement.

The enforcement would be carried out by a special task force of the Kick Against Indiscipline in collaboration with other security agencies.

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