*Says street trading prohibited, punishable offense
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government is set to clamp down on street traders, in the enforcement of total ban on street trading in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs. Modupe Adeleye on Wednesday, said that this became necessary in view of the state government’s sensitization at Ibadan markets many weeks ago, on the need to get rid of illegal trading.
Mrs Adeleye stressed that already, the state government has set machinery in motion towards clamping down on street traders as enforcement of total ban on street trading in the state.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, ” the move is in furtherance of the state government’s commitment to stamp out street trading on the state highways and other major streets in the metropolis”
Mrs Adeleye maintained that in Oyo state, street trading is now prohibited and a punishable offense according to the environmental laws of the state, adding that the state government under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde places a premium on safety of lives and properties.
“It is no longer news to anyone that the Oyo State Government will no longer tolerate street trading in the State and the ministry would be enforcing the law in full force, henceforth”, she said
Mrs Adeleye noted that the strict enforcement exercise which has commenced in Ibadan is an implementation of a long existing enactment by the state government on Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law, which prescribes specific punishment for both the buyer and the seller of any goods or services on the streets.
The Permanent Secretary then enjoined market leaders in Oyo State to ensure members adhere strictly on the environmental laws.