Oyo moves to enforce ban on street trading




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IBADAN – The Oyo State Government Thursday said it was set to enforce the ban on street trading.
The Commissioner for and Habitat, Mr Lawrence Adewale, stated this in Ibadan at a press conference  to mark this year’s World Environment Day.
‘‘The ministry would soon move out in full force to enforce the law  banning  street trading as it is illegal to sell the roads.
“It is true that we have relaxed a little bit, thinking that people would have understood the effects of trading streets.
“ But since things are going back to how it used to be, we would now enforce the law that bans street trading, ” he said.
The United Nations has declared June 5 as the commemorative date for environmental sanitation.
Adewale said directors in the ministry had been instructed to move to the streets to ensure  compliance with  environmental laws.
“Either YES-O cadets are ground or not, directors have the mandate to be on the roads  as sanity be brought back,’’  he said.
The commissioner also said the ministry had engaged the services of the state security outfit, Operation Burst, to provide security for  officials who would be the roads.
 “We have seen that after 4.00 p.m., people go the roads to hawk, we have now put in place  24- hour surveillance.
Adewale also said the state government had begun to take over  abandoned structures and bushy  land following the recent discovery of a robbers’ den in Soka, Ibadan.
 “If you see any area that is full of forest or abandoned buildings or unkempt property, let know so that we take over such place,’’ he said. (NAN)