GOV Abiodun Orders Street Traders To Leave Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Within 21 Days - EDU-BIZNEWS


Sunday, October 22, 2023

GOV Abiodun Orders Street Traders To Leave Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Within 21 Days


Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State
has given a twenty- one day ultimatum to   all illegal street traders on road setback along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway especially those at Kara, Isheri Warewa to leave the road , as  part of government's efforts at restoring environmental sanity to the axis. 

The directive is a first step to ensure that all shanties are demolished for a proper clean - up of the axis in preparation for beautification of those setback to  complement  the reconstruction of the Expressway by the Federal Government of Nigeria. 

The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya gave the directive on behalf of Governor Abiodun 
in a message delivered during a meeting with community leaders at the palace of Olofin of Isheri, Oba Sulaiman Adekunle Bamgbade in Isheri. 

Abiodun said the state government took the decision to dislodge the street traders and demolish all the shanties to restore environmental sanity after several warnings,abatement notices and other  entreatis for them to move to government approved markets failed. 

He added that aside from the environmental nuisance they constitute, most of their shanties are security risk to members of the public   as they are used as criminal hideouts  for street urchins and drug peddlers who rob innocent citizens of their valuables in broad daylight. 

Abiodun added that their continuous stay in these filthy shanties which they have converted to homes are of hygienic concerns to the government as they practice open defecation which can lead to outbreak of communicable diseases in adjoining communities. 

"So my government will not wait and allow a small group of individuals in the name of trading which is outside approved markets put the safety and health of our decent people at risk"Governor Abiodun added. 

Responding, Oba Bamgbola on behalf of the community leaders pledged the commitment of the residents to  government's efforts at ridding the axis of menace of street traders as their shanties are not only posing environmental challenges but are used by criminals to attack innocent residents of the area and other unsuspecting public.

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