Oyo Govt Arrests, Prosecutes 44 Offenders Over Street Trading - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, July 21, 2023

Oyo Govt Arrests, Prosecutes 44 Offenders Over Street Trading

No fewer than 44 violators of laws on street trading have been arrested and prosecuted by  the Oyo State Government

The violators were caught on Thursday trading in areas including Agodi Secretariat in Ibadan North, Salvation Army/Ogunpa in Ibadan NorthWest, Anajere market,  Academy and Iwo road, in Lagelu and Egbeda Local Government areas of the state. 

Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Rotimi Babalola in a statement made available to Edu-Biznews on Friday,  said that the intensified efforts of government was aimed at ensuring streets get more sanitized and environmental friendly, by getting rid of hawkers and traders, in all inappropriate locations in the  State. 

The prosecution was a follow-up to the myriads of warnings and sensitization against street trading by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. 

The statement added that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Modupe Adeleye, had mobilized formidable team of Directors of the Ministry and Officers of Oyo State Road Transport  Maintenance  Agency (OYRTMA) and the Environmental Task Forces, for the enforcement in markets within Ibadan metropolis. 

The State Government had Spontaneously frowned at the situation, especially as it causes untimely death of residents and passers-by. 

This according to the statement,  has been a big concern to the present  administration of Governor Seyi Makinde.

Adeleye in her reactions frowned at the recalcitrant attitude of some marketers who flaunted the earlier warnings of government. 

The Permanent Secretary reassured of  Oyo State government's commitment to securing lives of all citizenry in the State.

 She charged all market officials , 'iyalajes' and 'babalojas', to maximally encourage market men and women to always support government's policies, in ensuring a healthy environment. 

Earlier, the duo of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Local Government Service Commission held a joint meeting towards attaining an overwhelming safe environment in State. 

Directors of Environmental Health Services, both from the State, the Thirty Three(33) Local Government Area Councils and LCDAs in the State, had been invited for sensitization, on the need to collaborate, adhere strictly to Oyo State Government policies, regulations, at putting a check to environmental degradation, but ensuring an all round sustainable healthy environment. 

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources,  Mrs Modupe Adeleye, had earlier reminded Officers of their importance and duties to a clean environment, and the needs to taking prompt and proactive steps at bringing down every hindrance.

The seasoned Scribe charged all Environmental Health Officers in the State, to do enough, in the areas of sanitation and street trading towards achieving the 2.0 agenda of  His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde, as declared on the second term  inaugural speech, for a zero tolerance to environmental degradation. 

She maintained that Officers should always check their conscience, be more upright and corrupt free to command respect in the course of their  duties. 

Adeleye emphasized that  issue of street trading, environmental pollution, evacuation of unidentifiable corpses are great menace  to environment.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary,  Local Government Service Commission, Deacon Taiwo Olafimihan Adewale also charged Officers to be committed to the administration's singular goal of ensuring a safe environment. 

He affirmed that while  unethical conduct would not be tolerated, the Commission would ensure all challenges  mentioned by the  officers at the  interactive session would be be strictly addressed, especially, issues bothering on planning, provision of operational working tools, inadequate staff.

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