After Several Warnings, Makinde Orders Task Force To Arrest, Punish Illegal Street Traders
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is set to go tough on street trading with a task force ready to clamp down on illegal, street trading.
According to a statement made on Wednesday in Ibadan by the Director of Press and Public Relations for the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Mar Rotimi Babalola, the action was taken after the state government had long ago raised awareness of the need to eliminate unlawful dealing in Ibadan markets.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Mrs. Modupe Adeleye, stated that the action aligns with the state government’s goal to eliminate street trade on state roads and other important streets in the capital.
According to her, street trading is now illegal in Oyo State and a serious offense under the state’s environmental laws.
Adeleye stated that the strict enforcement exercise that has begun in Ibadan is a result of the state government’s long-standing enactment of the Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law, which prescribes specific punishment for both the buyer and seller of any goods or services on the streets.
Mrs. Adeleye also urged citizens to ensure proper waste disposal in the state, stating that the Oyo State Government will not condone unlawful waste dumping by residents.
She urged state market leaders to ensure that members follow environmental rules, asking them to hire government-approved Waste Management consultancy Mottainai Recycling Ltd.